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Articles Tagged with Civil Asset Forfeiture

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sebastian-pichler-bAQH53VquTc-unsplash-300x200The Department of Justice (DOJ) has reached a settlement of its civil forfeiture case against Khadem al-Qubaisi, an Emirati businessman who allegedly misappropriated billions from a Malaysian investment development fund and laundered the money in the U.S. by buying high-end properties.

1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) is an investment development fund created by the Malaysian government to promote economic development in Malaysia through direct foreign investments and international partnerships. Its funds were intended to be used for improving the lives of the Malaysian people.

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alabama-1611179_1920-300x287The Michigan Attorney General’s Office announced charges last week against Macomb County Prosecutor Eric Smith and three other county officials accused of felony crimes that include misconduct in office, embezzlement, and misusing funds obtained through civil asset forfeiture.

Smith is charged with embezzlement by a public official, tampering with evidence in a civil proceeding, official misconduct in office, accessory after the fact to embezzlement by a public official, conspiracy to commit forgery, and conducting a criminal enterprise. Attorney information wasn’t available.

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justice-2060093_1920-300x200A U.S. Supreme Court ruling announced on February 19 has law enforcement agencies in Florida questioning whether they need to change how they seize people’s cash, cars, and homes using a practice known as civil asset forfeiture.

Civil asset forfeiture is a nationwide practice that allows authorities to seize property—vehicles, cash, houses, electronics, and the like—that are suspected of being connected to a crime. The Supreme Court’s ruling struck at the heart of the practice, which is derisively known as “policing for profit,” because police often use it to seize assets even if the owner isn’t charged with a crime.

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pexels-photo-804463-300x200A Tampa-based trucking company has filed a lawsuit after federal authorities purportedly seized more than $181,000 in cash from an employee who was flying to Cleveland to buy new trucks for their fleet.

FGL Transport, Inc. filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida against the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

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pexels-photo-534204-300x167The Institute of Justice has filed a federal class-action lawsuit against Wayne County, Michigan, alleging that county police seize vehicles from residents in Detroit simply because they have driven in or out of high-crime areas.

The lead plaintiff in the case is Melisa Ingram of Detroit. Police seized her vehicle twice after accusing her of committing crimes without ever formally charging her. Ingram had to pay thousands of dollars to get her vehicle back to prevent the county prosecutor from keeping it under civil asset forfeiture laws.

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