The office of the U.S. attorney for Utah collected nearly $1.48 million during the 1991 fiscal year.
The total includes more than $1 million obtained through the forfeiture of criminals' assets, court-imposed fines, assessments and restitution, said U.S. Attorney for Utah Dee Benson.Of the money collected from criminal fines, $342,000 was returned to the state in the form of grants for victim assistance programs. The award for fiscal 1992 would be $647,000, Benson said.
"We not only punish convicted criminals, we also provide assistance to crime victims whenever possible," Benson said.
Benson's office collected $1,479,025 for the fiscal year ending Sept. 30, 1991.
Benson said that in the past year his office had coordinated efforts with probation officers and court and prison officials to collect court-imposed criminal fines and restitutions more efficiently.