The United States Attorney for Southern Indiana said his office collected more money from criminal and civil penalties in 2010 than it spent. Joseph Hogsett said the approximately $10-million collected by his office is about equal to the amount expected in a “regular or average” year, but Hogsett said the fact that the number isn’t increasing is a good thing.
“If we were not able to collect any monies that would be an indication that there’s less fraud occurring and that there’s less crime taking place,” Hogsett said.
Hogsett said the money his office collected is given back to victims in both criminal and civil cases, used for law enforcement purposes or returned to the Federal Treasury. Hogsett said his office does not use the money collected to support its own budget.