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19 Furloughed From U.S. Attorney's Office In Concord

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New Hampshire's top federal prosecutor says he has furloughed 19 of his 43 staff members as a result of the government shutdown.

U.S. Attorney John Kacavas said Tuesday that the furloughs are without pay and may remain that way under terms of the sequestration budget blocked largely by Republicans.

Kacavas says he plans to rotate staff members on and off furloughs to "spread the pain."

He says his entire civil division minus its chief is out. In addition half a dozen criminal prosecutors and most of the office's support staff have been out of work for two days, since the shutdown took effect Tuesday.

He said it's ironic that his civil prosecutors, if working, would be trying to collect money from people who defrauded the federal government.

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