IRS Seizes $19,000 from Widow for Depositing Late Husband’s Cash

Sixty-eight-year-old Janet Malone’s husband died of cancer in October of 2011. Before he died, he told his wife that he had about $180,000 in cash in a briefcase. It was money he had made as a publishing executive, but also included money he had made from gambling and investments. Even though it was totally, legally obtained money, the law says that you can’t just deposit it all at once. If you were to, that would mean that you’re a drug dealer or terrorist. Or worse, a tax evader. So, Read more […]

Police “Wish Lists” Determine Civil Asset Forfeitures

Civil asset forfeitures are getting a huge amount of press lately, and for good reason. The practice, whereby local and federal law enforcement officers confiscate assets that have even remote connections to crimes, has been on the rise in recent years, and the large majority of civil asset forfeiture cases have corruption written all over them. A recent article in the New York Times outlines how law enforcement officials are using “wish lists” to determine what they are going to seize from the Read more […]