Hawaii’s U.S. Attorney’s office secured over $2 million owed in criminal and civil cases last year, U.S. Attorney Clare Connors announced on Tuesday.

Of that, $1,534,259 was collected from criminal offenders and $554,364 was due from civil cases, her office said. That includes $75,000 from former Hawaii Senate majority leader J. Kalani English who was fined $100,000 after he admitted taking bribes and pleaded guilty to fraud.

Separately, Connors’ office worked with other federal offices to collect another $7.9 million in civil actions involving both offices. Much of that – $7.5 million – was owed by the owners of the former Oahu Sugar Co. The federal government entered into a consent decree with the landowner last year over its legacy of dumping pesticides within the Pearl Harbor Superfund site.

“Recouping money owed to the United States, as well as obtaining financial recoveries from those who violate the law, are critical aspects of our system of justice,” Connors said in a statement. “We will vigorously pursue economic sanctions and collections on behalf of our community.”

U.S. attorney offices are responsible for collecting debts owed to the federal government, which is separate from restitution paid to victims, criminal fines and felony assessments paid to the federal Crime Victims Fund.

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