The Norwalk (CT) Patch reports:
The proceeds of forfeited assets are deposited into the Department of Justice Assets Forfeiture Fund and Department of Treasury Forfeiture Fund and are used to restore funds to crime victims and for a variety of law enforcement purposes.
In Connecticut, $1.312 million in funds derived through asset forfeiture were provided to local law enforcement under the Equitable Sharing Program.
There are 93 U.S. Attorneys in the United States and its Territories. Each U.S. Attorney’s Office is responsible for enforcing and collecting civil and criminal debts owed to the United States and criminal restitution owed to federal crime victims.
Nationwide, the U.S. Attorneys’ offices collected $13.16 billion in criminal and civil actions during FY 2012. A portion of this amount, $5.3 billion, was collected in shared cases in which one or more U.S. Attorneys’ offices or department litigating divisions were also involved. Additionally, the U.S. Attorneys’ offices, working with partner agencies and divisions, collected $4.389 billion in asset forfeiture actions in FY 2012.
As much as the previous two years, combined
The $13.16 billion collected nationwide by the U.S. Attorneys’ offices for FY 2012 nearly matches the $13.18 billion collected in FY 2010 and FY 2011 combined, and it represents more than six times the appropriated budget of the combined 93 offices for FY 2012.