The Associated Press
SEATTLE — Federal prosecutors in Seattle say they collected $6.9 million in criminal and civil cases in the 2014 fiscal year.
Annette Hayes, the acting U.S. attorney for the Western District of Washington, says federal authorities took in an additional $12.2 million in forfeited assets related to criminal activity. She says the collections show the Justice Department’s commitment to protecting public safety and tax dollars.
Among the largest penalties collected was a $500,000 payment from Alaska Airlines to settle a Federal Aviation Administration complaint over a maintenance issue that caused an electrical fire in a Boeing 737-400 while it was parked at the gate in Anchorage, Alaska.
Hayes also highlighted some environmental settlements, including $334,000 paid by Stowe Construction for permit violations that caused landslides on the West Valley Highway in Sumner, and $250,000 from a septic tank business that illegally dumped 2 million gallons of waste and pollutants into the Longview sewer system.
One of the biggest forfeiture actions involved the seizure of three crime-ridden motels in Tukwila. The value of the properties exceeds $3 million, and the city plans to redevelop the motels.
Forfeited assets are used to help recompense crime victims and for law enforcement purposes