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Articles Tagged with Civil Asset Forfeiture

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abundance-bank-banking-banknotes-259027-300x200The Department of Justice has filed a civil forfeiture complaint seeking to seize a mansion in Maryland that was allegedly acquired with an estimated $3.5 million in corruption proceeds by Yahya Jammeh, former president of The Gambia.

According to the complaint, Jammeh allegedly acquired millions by embezzling public funds and soliciting bribes from businesses seeking to control various sectors of The Gambia’s economy. The former president purportedly conspired with family members and associates to funnel the money into shell companies and overseas trusts, where it was laundered through the purchase of assets around the world.

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tingey-injury-law-firm-yCdPU73kGSc-unsplash-300x200The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced the filing of civil forfeiture complaints seeking the forfeiture of assets worth $96 million. The assets are allegedly associated with an international money laundering conspiracy to misappropriate funds from a Malaysian sovereign wealth fund called 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).

The complaints filed last week name assets traceable to 2012 and 2013 bond offerings that include luxury real estate in Paris, artwork by Andy Warhol and Claude Monet, and accounts maintained by banks in Switzerland and Luxembourg.

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aaron-lee-FAzNAamqwR4-unsplash-300x200Federal prosecutors in Miami are seeking to seize a penthouse in a luxury high-rise condo tower in the city’s downtown area. The penthouse was allegedly used to embezzle millions of dollars by a minister of parliament in the Republic of Congo.

According to the civil forfeiture complaint, Denis-Christel Sassou Nguesso transferred millions of dollars through an unknown associate to bank accounts in South Florida in order to buy a 3,500-square-foot penthouse at 900 Biscayne Boulevard in 2012.

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christoph-von-gellhorn-kjA82leKmJc-unsplash-300x200The Arizona House of Representatives voted down a measure which would have significantly reformed how civil asset forfeiture is legally handled in the state of Arizona. Just three years ago, reforms were made to the criminal justice system which would have been bolstered by this new bill. However, given its passage in the Arizona Senate and defeat in the Arizona House of Representatives, proponents will have to wait until the next session to get it heard and passed. It is unknown if the bill’s sponsors and supporters plan to re-introduce it at the next appropriate and available opportunity.

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aleks-marinkovic-jiG6OVvVidg-unsplash-300x201A $40,000 Land Rover seized by the state of Indiana in connection with a drug crime has been returned to its owner, Tyson Timbs, pending final determination by judicial authorities as to the appropriateness of the seizure of the vehicle by law enforcement under civil asset forfeiture. This long legal battle has made it to the United States Supreme Court and twice to the Indiana Supreme Court. Mr. Timbs is represented by counsel from the Institute for Justice, which is a law firm that works on prominent public interest cases.

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