- Associated Press - Saturday, November 22, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Federal prosecutors in the southern district of West Virginia collected $7.8 million in criminal and civil fines and penalties in the last fiscal year.

U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin said Friday the southern district’s collections included nearly $2.9 million from criminal actions, $2.4 million in civil actions and $1.9 million in asset forfeiture.

Goodwin says the total represents more than 1.5 times the total annual operating budget for his office.

In the northern district, U.S. Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld has said collections totaled more than $13 million in criminal and civil fines.

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said the Justice Department collected $24.7 billion nationally in the 2014 fiscal year that ended Sept. 30.

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