A new report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) has revealed the extent of the banking industry’s criminal activity and the scope of the problem, but it doesn’t tell us how much of the crime was done by the government.
The report, which is available for download here, finds that the FBI and the Department of Justice (DOJ) engaged in widespread civil asset forfeiture violations.
As a result, the DOJ and FBI seized tens of millions of dollars in property from Americans and individuals, some of which was later returned to them.
The GAO’s report is based on a survey of more than 2,000 law enforcement officials and legal scholars, and covers more than 10,000 civil asset forfeitures.
The most striking aspect of the report, however, is its finding that the government engaged in significant and widespread civil forfeiture abuse, including widespread civil forfeitures of property held by Americans and the owners of businesses.
The investigation found that the federal government routinely seized and returned property from people and businesses it suspected of wrongdoing, often with little or no due process or other due process protections.
For example, in a typical case, the GAO found that in 2010, the government seized a property from a homeowner in Alabama who owed more than $2,500 in unpaid child support and who was facing foreclosure.
The DOJ claimed the homeowner was delinquent and was therefore a flight risk, even though he had no prior criminal record.
After seizing the property, the federal authorities then “reclaimed” the property to a bank, which was required to make a written report about the property’s whereabouts and its value to the government for further consideration.
The bank then took the property back and paid the homeowner’s outstanding debt to the bank, at which point the property was returned to the homeowner.
In one case, a homeowner had paid the government $7,000 for the value of his home, but when the government tried to take it back in January 2011, it seized the property and returned it to the home’s original owner, a bank employee.
In another case, in 2010 the government obtained a court order to seize the value and transfer of a home valued at $50,000.
The government then transferred the home to the federal bank, but the home was returned without payment and without due process.
In a third case, federal agents seized the value, and the owner was given only $3,000 to pay the government, without any due process, and without an opportunity to present a defense.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Georgia, for example, obtained a forfeiture order for $2.7 million in property, which the bank had no right to receive and was not required to produce any documentation or records.
The federal government also engaged in civil forfeiture abuses, too, seizing the value or property of businesses, including banks and credit unions, as well as individuals and businesses suspected of being involved in fraud, embezzlement, and other criminal activity.
In some cases, the FBI took property from individuals or businesses it did not suspect of wrongdoing and then returned it, even after it had received no notice or notice from the property owner.
In other cases, agents returned the property after the owner had paid its original owner $2 for the property or had given notice of the property being forfeited to the FBI.
In all of these cases, however and regardless of whether the property belonged to a property owner, the property itself was not returned.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) were the two agencies most aggressive civil asset seizure offenders, taking property from businesses and individuals suspected of fraud, illegal activity, and drug trafficking.
In the past year, DHS has recovered more than 4,000 vehicles and more than 1,500 guns.
The IRS and the Office of Inspector General were the most active civil asset confiscators, taking more than 6,500 firearms and more 1,300 vehicles.
The Justice Department, by contrast, did not take any civil asset, and it has never forfeited property from the IRS.
But the GAo found that DHS and ATF engaged in other types of civil forfeiture violations, including seizing property and property owners who were never charged with a crime and returning it to individuals and business owners without any notice or due process rights.
The agencies “continued to engage in significant civil asset seizures in violation of the law and the Constitution, particularly in areas where no individual or entity had been charged with wrongdoing,” the GAA said.
The agency said that its investigation also uncovered evidence that the civil asset collection agencies did not adequately investigate criminal allegations of criminal activity, which led to the collection of forfeited assets and forfeiture of property to third parties without due or proper process.
The findings by the GAU and the GAAA are significant, as they indicate