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Articles Tagged with Civil Asset Forfeiture

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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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abundance-bank-banking-banknotes-259027-300x200A report published by the Kansas Bureau of Investigation (KBI) has revealed that law enforcement agencies in the state seized more than $3.35 million in property using civil asset forfeiture over a period of six months in 2019.

Civil asset forfeiture is a process that allows prosecutors and law enforcement agencies to seize vehicles, cash, and valuables they believe is tied to criminal activity without convicting or even charging the property owner with a crime. Getting back property seized with asset forfeiture usually involves expensive civil litigation.

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