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Md. U.S. attorney’s office recovers nearly $47 million in FY16, DOJ says

Maryland U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein. (File)

Maryland U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein. (File)

The Maryland U.S. attorney’s office collected nearly $47 million in criminal and civil recoveries in the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, the federal Justice Department reported Thursday.

Of that figure, more than $35 million came via civil actions, including money that had been lost to the U.S. government through fraud or other misconduct or by violations of federal health, safety, civil rights or environmental laws, the department stated.

These civil cases included investigations against PNC Bank, Foundation Health Service Inc., Arkema Inc. and Westvaco. The U.S attorney’s office also collected civil penalties under the federal Controlled Substances Act from investigations of CVS Pharmacy Inc., Value Drug Inc. and Drug City Pharmacy Inc., the department reported.

As for criminal recoveries, the Maryland U.S. attorney’s office collected $11.5 million through restitution, criminal fines and felony assessments.

In all, the U.S. attorney’s offices nationwide recovered more than $15.3 billion in fiscal 2016.

Maryland’s figure did not include the $7.6 million in criminal and civil recoveries the U.S. attorney’s office collected in collaboration with U.S. attorney’s offices in other states. Almost all of that money resulted from civil actions, including federal False Claims Act cases seeking recoveries for the Defense, Education and Health and Human Services departments.

“Thanks to the hard work and dedication of employees of the U.S. attorney’s office and our partner agencies, funds recovered far exceed the cost of operating the office,” Maryland U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein said in a statement. “We will continue to hold accountable anyone who seeks to profit from illegal activities.”

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