Ohio US Attorney's office collects $350 million during 2014

CLEVELAND (AP) — The U.S. Attorney's Office in northern Ohio set a record in 2014 by collecting more than $350 million in civil and criminal fines.

The highest previous total since 2004 was $80 million. A statement released Tuesday noted that the office's annual budget was about $17 million.

Most of the $356 million total came from civil cases, including $200 million paid by U.S. Bank to settle a case in which the bank was accused of originating mortgage loans insured by the Federal Housing Administration that did not meet FHA requirements.

Drug supplier Omnicare Inc. agreed to pay $124 million to settle a case that involved allegations of improper financial incentives given to skilled nursing facilities.

Nationally, the U.S. Justice Department collected $25 billion in civil and criminal fines in 2014.