The office recovered $53.6 million in the most recent fiscal year, compared to about $32 million in 2010.
The $53 million is one the highest amounts the office has ever recovered, U.S. Attorney William Hochul, Jr. said.
"This money was used to repay victims of crimes, to make them whole; in some cases to give money and other properties to community groups, so that they, in turn, can help heal and bolster their communities," Hochul said during a Thursday news conference.
And some of the money benefits the local, county, and state law enforcement agencies which assist the office in prosecutions of federal criminal defendants.
Specifically, the office collected $37.9 million in criminal and civil actions for Fiscal Year 2012. Of this amount, $22.28 million was collected in criminal actions which includes fines and victim restitution. The office also collected $15.6 million in civil actions, which includes proceedings involving health-care fraud, government fraud, foreclosures, and more.
Additionally, the office collected $15.7 million in criminal and civil forfeitures. Forfeitures generally involved proceeds of crime, as well as property used to commit crime. Almost $11 million of the forfeited funds was returned to victims of crime, and over $1.3 million was shared with state and local law enforcement partners who work with the U.S. Attorney's Office and the Department of Justice.