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Articles Tagged with Civil Asset Forfeiture

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feliphe-schiarolli-hes6nUC1MVc-unsplash-300x200A federal civil asset forfeiture complaint was filed last Friday against Houston Independent School District’s (HISD) former Chief Operating Officer (COO) Brian Busby, who is accused of receiving cash kickbacks from a landscaping contractor for a series of projects that were never performed.

The forfeiture complaint is seeking to confiscate more than $185,000 that was seized in February 2020 from the residences of Busby and the contractor. Though Busby has not been charged with a crime, the filing alleges that the money is traceable to “the proceeds of federal programs theft and wire fraud.” It is unclear if Busby has acquired legal representation.

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joshua-sukoff-45PD4tmK5k4-unsplash-300x200South Carolina lawmakers are reportedly resurrecting a longstanding effort to reform the state’s civil asset forfeiture laws.

State representatives met to discuss changes that can be made to revamp the state’s forfeiture laws, focusing on what type of property can be seized and the process police would have to go through to take that property.

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natalie-scott-D4o4NXZ3CQY-unsplash-300x205When Emma Dietrich asked a co-worker to drive her home in her 2013 Chevrolet Camaro, she was not expecting Minnesota State Troopers to seize her vehicle during a traffic stop. Unfortunately for Dietrich, troopers arrested the co-worker and seized Dietrich’s vehicle, even though she was not the driver at the time and she was never arrested or charged with a crime.

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tobias-zils-FZRvB6KoRxE-unsplash-300x200A Florida couple is suing the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) after the agency reportedly seized more than $43,000 in cash at the airport without charging them with a crime.

According to news sources, Stacey Jones and her husband were stopped by airport security and questioned about the cash, which they had with them in a carry-on bag. Airport security called the police, who eventually alerted the DEA.

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neonbrand-yDekvyZ52dU-unsplash-300x181Kevin McBride of Tucson, AZ, wasn’t around when police seized his 2000 Jeep Wrangler in May 2020 after his girlfriend allegedly used the vehicle for a $25 marijuana sale. Even though the charges against her were dropped, the vehicle was still held as a party to that alleged offense, and McBride was required to pay to get his property back.

Until last month, the Pima County Attorney’s Office was demanding a $1,900 fee for the return of his vehicle, saying “an outright return of the vehicle is inappropriate in this case.” Fortunately, McBride received legal assistance from an attorney, who threatened to sue on his behalf, arguing the state’s civil forfeiture laws unconstitutionally require property owners to prove their innocence.

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