Author: Stefan Cassella

Cullen Commission Final Report

The Cullen Commission is an official body in Vancouver, British Columbia, inquiring into the need to enact legislation enhancing the province’s criminal money laundering statutes and related asset forfeiture laws.  In 2021, I submitted a written report to the Commission along with sworn testimony summarizing the money laundering and asset forfeiture laws in the United […]

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Seizure Warrant for Aircraft Owned by Russian Oligarch

On June 6, 2022, a magistrate judge in New York issued warrants to seize two U.S.-manufactured aircraft owned by Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich based on probable cause to believe that they were re-exported from third countries to Russia after February 22, 2022 — the date when the re-export of such items to Russia was prohibited […]

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Application for Warrant to Seize Russian Oligarch’s Yacht

In this application for a seizure warrant, an FBI agent explains the basis for seizing a yacht owned by a Russian oligarch on the ground that in evading sanctions imposed under IEEPA to pay for the maintenance of the vessel, the owner committed bank fraud, IEEPA and money laundering offenses, and that the yacht is […]

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Seizure of Russian Oligarch’s Yacht

This is a summary and comment on the seizure of a yacht owned by Viktor Vekselberg, a sanctioned Russian Oligarch, on the ground that it constitutes the proceeds of bank fraud and violations of the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA), and constitutes property involved in an international money laundering offense.  The article, excerpted from […]

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NCB (Civil) Forfeiture in Malta

This is the lecture outline used by Stef Cassella to train judges and prosecutors in Malta on the application of the non-conviction-based forfeiture provisions in the Proceeds of Crime Act in March 2022. NCB Forfeiture in Malta

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Testimony on Civil Forfeiture Before the Civil Rights Commission

The following is a transcript of the testimony of Stef Cassella before the South Carolina Civil Rights Commission on the use of the civil forfeiture laws.  The testimony explains how civil forfeiture works, gives examples of when it is used, and addresses the criticism that it is lacking in due process and is unfairly applied […]

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TV Interview on Forfeiture of Russian Assets

This is a clip from an interview on March 3, 2022 concerning the use of the forfeiture laws to recover the assets of Russian oligarchs in response to the invasion of Ukraine.  

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Judge Jackson on Asset Forfeiture

Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, nominated to the Supreme Court by President Biden, has written two significant opinions on federal asset forfeiture law.  One discusses the Government’s ability to obtain a forfeiture money judgment equal to the value of property used to facilitate a drug offense when that property is not available for forfeiture.  The other […]

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Cambridge 2021 Symposium

I had the privilege of making six presentations at the 2021 Cambridge International Symposium on Economic Crime.  In four of them, I used PowerPoint presentations.  In response to requests for copies of those presentations, I am posting them here. Workshop 20 – Non-Conviction-Based Forfeiture Cassella — Session 12 – Trade-Based Money Laundering Cassella – Session […]

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Forfeiture and Money Laundering Training for Law Enforcement Agents

This 90-page lecture outline was provided to law enforcement agents as part of their training on asset forfeiture and money laundering.  It was presented at a training seminar for the United States Secret Service in Charleston, SC on July 28, 2021. With respect to forfeiture, it begins with an overview of why asset forfeiture is […]

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