Cha-ching the federal coffers just got a little larger.


BRIDGEPORT, Connecticut - The U.S. government could collect billions of dollars in court-ordered restitution under a new divorce decree between imprisoned former Cendant Corp. chairman Walter Forbes and his wife of 27 years.

Judge Howard Owens issued a ruling Thursday that orders Forbes' ex-wife, Caren, to transfer ownership of homes in Connecticut and Rhode Island back to him, plus half of the couple's jewelry and art collections, the Connecticut Post reported.

The ruling allows the federal government and Cendant to attach liens to recover almost $3.3 billion to which the court says they are entitled.