Civil asset forfeiture is a seizure program used in all 50 states to confiscate financial and physical assets owned by suspected criminals. A handful of states require a criminal conviction before property can be seized, but most states, including Hawaii, simply require police to demonstrate probable cause.
Civil asset forfeiture is a legal practice that allows law enforcement to take possession of private property—cash, vehicles, real estate, etc.—if it is suspected of being connected to criminal activity. In many states, an individual doesn’t even need to be charged with a crime before their property is taken.
According to documents filed by the Will County State’s Attorney’s Office, police are seeking to forfeit a 1997 GMC 2500 truck owned by Correy A. Ingram of Diamond.
According to a record sourced from the Michigan State Police, police seized almost $15 million in property and cash from more than 6,000 individuals in 2018. About $13.4 million of the seized cash went to police budgets, sources allege.
Since 1978, Michigan Police has been using a legal instrument called civil asset forfeiture law that allows them to seize property which has been linked to certain criminal activity. The owner of the seized property does not even need to be guilty or convicted for the law enforcement to take over their valuables.
In February of this year, after an eight-month investigation conducted by multiple law enforcement agencies (including several law enforcement agencies from Orange County to Palm Beach together with the IRS and Homeland Security), six women were charged for their part in an alleged prostitution ring which operated in massage parlors in the area. Around 100 men have also been arrested for allegedly visiting the massage parlors.