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Wisconsin federal prosecutors rake in more than $50M in 2018

The U.S. Attorneys’ offices in the Western and Eastern Districts of Wisconsin collected more than $50 million dollars in civil and criminal actions in the 2018 fiscal year.

U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Wisconsin Matthew Krueger announced Monday that his office had collected nearly $10.2 million from criminal and civil actions. Of that, more than $5 million came from criminal actions and nearly $5 million from civil actions.

U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin Scott Blader announced Feb. 15 that his office had collected about $39.2 million from criminal and civil actions. Of that, more than $36 million came from criminal actions and about $3 million from civil actions.

As a whole, the federal Department of Justice collected $14.8 billion from criminal and civil actions, which is nearly seven times the budget for all 94 of the U.S. Attorneys’ offices throughout the country, according to a news release. The 2018 fiscal year ended Son ept. 30.

The largest amounts the DOJ recovered were from civil cases involving fraud or other misconduct and cases involving fines charged to individuals and corporations for violations of federal law.

About Erika Strebel, erika.strebel@wislawjournal.com

Erika Strebel is the law beat reporter for the Wisconsin Law Journal and a law school student at UW-Madison. She can be reached at 414-225-1825.

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