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 local police departments in petty drug cases. The cases added this year to the list of examples (which I started in 2013) include actions to seize funds intercepted on the way to North Korea to funds its nuclear weapons program and cargo being shipped by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, a terrorist organization. Others include the assets of a fugitive charged with introducing adulterated food into the stream of commerce, bitcoin wallets used to pay for child pornography, and millions in fraud proceeds involved in the 1MDB case in Malaysia.

Civil Forfeiture Case Examples – 2020