January 20, 2014 9:58 PM

U.S. attorneys build a case for themselves as moneymakers for federal government

In a marked change of tone, federal law enforcement officials here and elsewhere noted recently that their collection of fines, penalties, settlements and restitution are good for the government’s bottom line. The new message emerged after a season of budget cuts and shutdown, which some thought unfairly hit the Justice Department, which usually does very well for the federal treasury.

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