The District of Maine collected over $3.3 million in criminal and civil action for the fiscal year of 2017, U.S. Attorney Halsey B. Frank announced in a news release.

Of that amount, $2.75 million was collected in criminal actions and $577,000 was collected in civil actions, according to the release.

The District of Maine collected an additional $283,900 in cases pursued with other U.S. Attorney offices.

Overall, the Justice Department collected over $1.5 billion in civil and criminal actions in fiscal year 2017, which ended Sept. 30, according to the release.

Defendants are required by law to pay restitution to some victims who have suffered a physical injury or financial loss. Some fines are also paid to the Crime Victims’ fund.

Civil debts were collected on behalf of several federal agencies, including the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and Health and Human Services.

Frank said the U.S. Attorney’s office in Maine also collected $915,000 in asset forfeiture actions in fiscal year 2017, which are deposited in the Department of Justice Assets Forfeiture Fund and used to restore funds to victims.

U.S. Attorney offices, along with the department’s litigating divisions, are responsible for enforcing and collecting civil and criminal debts owed to the U.S. and criminal debts owed to federal crime victims.

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