The District of Nebraska collected $3,978,628 in criminal and civil actions in the 2018 fiscal year, according to United States Attorney Joe Kelly.

Of the total, $2,141,816 was collected in criminal actions.

"Our criminal, civil and financial litigation units work tirelessly and are unheralded in their work to ensure civil and criminal debts owed to the United States and criminal debts owed to federal crime victims are collected," Kelly said in a news release. 

As a whole, the Justice Department collected nearly $15 billion in civil and criminal actions in the fiscal year ending Sept. 30.

That is nearly seven times the $2.13 billion budget for the country's 94 U.S. Attorneys' offices.

The law requires defendants to pay restitution to victims of certain federal crimes who have suffered a physical injury or financial loss. While restitution is paid to the victim, criminal fines and felony assessments are paid to the department’s Crime Victims Fund, which distributes the money to federal and state victim compensation and victim assistance programs.

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Lori Pilger is a public safety reporter.

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