US Attorney collects record $84M in penalties and fines

US Attorney collects record $84M in penalties and fines

Credit: Troy Colson/KTVB

U.S. Attorney Wendy Olson

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by Associated Press

KTVB.COM

Posted on October 5, 2012 at 10:56 AM

BOISE -- The U.S. Attorney's Office in Idaho has set a new annual record by collecting more than $84 million in fines, restitution, civil debt and criminal forfeitures.

U.S. Attorney Wendy Olson said Thursday the amount -- more than 10 times her office's annual budget -- is the most ever collected by the District of Idaho in a single fiscal year.

The big year is attributable to a $77.4 million fine collected from Hecla Mining Co. as part of a settlement in the Bunker Hill Superfund site in northern Idaho.

In fiscal 2012, the office collected more than $3.2 million in federal and non-federal criminal fines. Of that, the office distributed more than $854,000 to victims of crime.

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