Federal Prosecutors Collect $8.7 Million In NM

The U.S. Attorney's Office in New Mexico collected $8.7 million during the last fiscal year in cases in which money was owed to the federal government or to victims of crimes.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that the smallest amount came from a $10 collection in a 2008 fatal crash on the Navajo Nation, while the largest criminal collection came when former Deputy Insurance Superintendent Joe Ruiz fully paid off $102,00 in restitution from his conviction on wire fraud and other charges.

The prosecutors' office is responsible for enforcing and collecting civil and criminal debts owed to the United States and criminal debts owed to federal crime victims.

The $8.7 million in collections in New Mexico were made in the fiscal year that ended on Sept. 30.

Information from: Albuquerque Journal.

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