BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - The ongoing partial government shutdown is keeping critical funds out of some local coffers.
U.S. Attorney William Hochul says while criminal cases have proceeded during the shutdown, federal civil cases have ground to a standstill, cases involving things like healthcare fraud, or lawsuits against companies that over bill government programs.
"Virtually all of our civil staff is at home," Hochul said.
A handful of prosecutors managed to bring in $100 million in fines and asset forfeiture money directly to the U.S. Treasury just since January, but for the past 10 days they've been furloughed.
"Our estimate over this year that just concluded is that our office would've brought in more than 10 times the amount of money it costs for us to staff our office and protect the public," Hochul said. "Without civil attorneys here, there's no work getting done, without criminal support staff. I think the public could conclude that you just can't do as much work without a support staff as you can with support."
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