GREENSBORO, NC -- You may have heard DISH Network violated the Do Not Call laws and now has to pay North Carolina $18.6 million.

You won't see any of that money directly, but a portion of the settlement will go to our public schools. This is normal protocol for fines based on violations and penalties. 2WTK checked with the North Carolina Attorney General's office and $8.4 million of the DISH Network settlement goes to the Department of Public Instruction.

It’s a nice chunk of change, but this year has been a huge year for violations, fines and penalties. Another $22 million has been put into the DPI coffers and the year isn't up.

We asked for the numbers the last couple of years The Department of Justice transferred $3,022,138 in fiscal year 2015-2016 and $2,882,212 in civil penalties to schools in fiscal year 2014 to 2015.