- Associated Press - Friday, December 4, 2015

SEATTLE (AP) - Federal prosecutors in Seattle say they’ve collected more than $21 million over the past year from criminal and civil cases.

U.S. Attorney Annette Hayes says about $4 million was collected in criminal cases and $8 million from civil actions. Hayes says an additional $8.9 million was from asset forfeitures.

Forfeited assets deposited into the Department of Justice Assets Forfeiture Fund are used for to crime victims and for a variety of law enforcement needs.

The tally was for Oct. 1, 2014 through Sept. 30, 2015.

Hayes says her office works to protect the public and safeguard taxpayer resources. During the past fiscal year, that meant returning $21 million to victims of crime and other taxpayer-funded programs.

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