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tiffany-tertipes-Y2Vxsb75RVo-unsplash-300x200The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of North Carolina has announced charges against a Trinity man accused of fraudulently seeking more than $410,000 in loans from federal coronavirus (COVID-19) relief programs meant to help businesses impacted by the pandemic.

David Christopher Redfern, 31, was charged with one count of wire fraud and one count of bank fraud. It is unclear if he has acquired the services of an attorney.

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squad-car-1209719_1920-300x162A report released yesterday questions the value of civil asset forfeiture as a means to reduce crime. While proponents of forfeiture tout its ability to target drug traffickers, the report argues that forfeiture as a practice has not led to reduced drug use. The report also argues that that revenue from forfeitures has only led to a “very small” increase in the number of crimes solved.

In its report, “Fighting Crime or Raising Revenue,” the Institute for Justice looked at ten years of data relating to the federal equitable sharing program. Civil asset forfeiture is a procedure whereby law enforcement agencies may take possession of an individual’s property if it is suspected of being involved in a crime. Equitable sharing is a specific form of asset forfeiture where local or state law enforcement team up with the feds on a case.
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