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Forfeiture of Virtual Currency as Terrorist Assets

The government filed a civil forfeiture action against over 100 virtual currency accounts stolen by persons acting on behalf of North Korea from virtual currency exchanges.  The complaint alleged three theories of forfeiture: that the because the virtual currencies were sent into and out of the United States in furtherance of the theft, they were […]

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Nature and Basic Problems of Non-Conviction-Based Confiscation in the United States

My article describing the nature of non-conviction-based confiscation proceedings in the United States is now available in Spanish.  The article discusses the goals that asset forfeiture is intended to serve in the federal criminal justice system, the types of property that are subject to forfeiture, and the procedures that are used to initiate, litigate, and […]

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Criminal Forfeiture in Canada

This article, by Canada’s leading asset forfeiture expert Jeff Simser and others, discusses the status of criminal forfeiture in Canada, the types of property that may be recovered, and the procedure for doing so.  Among other things, it discusses what constitutes the proceeds of crime and the offense of laundering such proceeds, the tools the […]

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Money Laundering and Forfeiture in Qatar

These links are to the outlines I used to provide training to the Public Prosecutor’s Office in Doha, Qatar in February 2020.  One outline covers the money laundering provisions of Qatari law, and what the government prove under each statute.  The other covers the asset confiscation provisions and discusses the reasons why recovering assets is […]

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Civil Forfeiture Examples

Each year, I compile a list of civil forfeiture cases brought by the federal government that illustrate the variety of ways civil forfeiture is used as a law enforcement tool.  The purpose of the list is to counter the perception created by the media that civil forfeiture is synonymous with cash seizures by state and […]

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Money Laundering and Forfeiture Training for Foreign Prosecutors

These are the texts of two lectures given as part of a training seminar for prosecutors from Serbia, Moldova, Ukraine and Lithuania at the CEELI Institute in Prague on December 11, 2019.  The first covers money laundering and discusses the different types of money laundering statutes, the motives behind money laundering, and the methodologies that […]

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The Money Laundering Statutes: Current Issues

This is a lecture outline used for in-house training for federal prosecutors, discussing the elements of the domestic money statute, 18 U.S.C. 1956(a)(1), on a level that is accessible to persons new to money laundering, but including current issues and new case law of interest to experienced prosecutors as well. ML Update – EDTenn 2019 […]

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Criminal Forfeiture: Current Issues

This is a lecture outline used in training federal prosecutors.  It focuses on current “hot topics” in criminal forfeiture law including the application of the Supreme Court’s decision in Honeycutt to joint and several liability, the authority to impose criminal forfeiture money judgments, whether the government may forfeit gross proceeds or only net profits, and the procedure […]

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Civil Recovery of Suspect Wealth and International Cooperation

This paper explores civil recovery tools to chase suspect wealth across borders (primarily through non-conviction based forfeiture (NCB), also known as civil asset forfeiture). NCB forfeiture allows a state to freeze and confiscate the proceeds and instrumentalities of unlawful activity on a civil balance of proof. While not universally enacted, NCB forfeiture is increasingly available for states to untangle and attack laundered assets.

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FINTRAC: Canada’s Financial Intelligence Unit

This paper by Jeff Simser looks at the role played FINTRAC, Canada’s Financial Intelligence Unit, in the battle against organized crime and money laundering.  It builds off of the report entitled “Dirty Money” by Peter German (March 2019) on money laundering in the casino industry and other financial institutions in Canada. Jeff Simser Article on […]

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