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NCJ Number: 121060 Find in a Library
Title: Asset Forfeiture: An Update, Hearings Before the House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Crime, April 24, 1989
Author(s): G L Dodaro
Corporate Author: US Government Accountability Office
General Government Division
United States of America
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 25
Sponsoring Agency: Azimuth Inc.
Fairmont, WV 26554
US Government Accountability Office
Washington, DC 20548
Publication Number: GAO/T-GGD-89-17
Sale Source: Azimuth Inc.
1000 Technology Drive, Suite 3120
Fairmont, WV 26554
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Legislative Hearing/Committee Report
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The House Subcommittee on Crime asked the General Accounting Office (GAO) to recommend ways to save time and money in the forfeiture and disposal process for assets seized from criminals, the proceeds from which finance Department of Justice and Customs Service seizure programs, anti-drug projects, and other Federal needs.
Abstract: GAO suggested that the U.S. Code and public laws be amended to allow Customs and Justice to administratively forfeit uncontested cash seizures, thereby shortening the processing time from an average of 13 months to four months. Contested seizures would be resolved judicially, leaving due process rights unaffected. Second, the Attorney General and the Secretary of the Treasury should ensure that all forfeited cash is transferred from holding accounts to the Asset Forfeiture Fund within 30 days of a forfeiture order; they should give amounts over $100,000 priority, transferring them within a week. Finally, disposal of forfeited real estate would be more efficient and profitable if Justice would establish a quick release policy, returning the property to innocent co-owners or lienholders. The law should be changed, assuring the title industry that the government guarantees clear title for forfeited properties. 8 tables, 1 footnote, 3 appendixes.
Main Term(s): Forfeiture law
Index Term(s): US Department of Justice; US Government Accountability Office (GAO)
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