Government Reports and Pro-Forfeiture Propaganda

Please send us copies of any government documents you have relating to forfeiture which are not already on this website. E-mail the document (ASCII if possible) to or mail to F.E.A.R. Website, 20 Sunnyside Suite A-419, Mill Valley, CA 94941.

  • IMAGE: Bar graph showing DOJ's annual income from asset forfeiture -- 1985 - 1994, released by Rep. Henry Hyde at Capitol Hill press conference on HR 1916, June 1995 (5K B&W .gif)

  • Last update March 5, 2003, by Leon Felkins

    Campaign PUSH-OFF (Purchasers' Use of Streets and Highways--Opt For Forfeiture) - a government site promoting the values of seizing automobiles.

    New Jersey Attorney General Releases Drug Forfeiture Report, FEAR-List Bulletin posted by John Paff, 4/8/98

    Testimony of Eduardo Gonzalez before the United States Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs -- The Asset
    Forfeiture Program --- A Case Study of the Bicycle Club Casino

    Forfeiture and Money Laundering, undated web page by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service (claims "the Postal Inspection Service has intensified its forfeiture training efforts to place special emphasis on protecting the rights of innocent owners.")

    U.S. Customs Service describes its forfeiture practices and procedures on this web page

    Federal Communications Commission, Order in Matter of ACI Micro Systems, forfeiting $10,000 from ACI for selling computers without complying with some FCC regulation. 2-12-97.

    Drug Asset Seizure and Forfeiture Seminar, asset forfeiture has spawned its own cottage industries.  This one offers a 2-day seminar for $250 ("If your department becomes involved in any drug investigation where asset seizure is a possibility, this seminar can pay for itself many times over with just one case.")

    Supplement to Federal Guidelines for Searching and Seizing Computers, U.S. Dept. of Justice, Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section, Criminal Division, October 1997.

    General Accounting Office, High Risk Program: "Quick Reference Guide," Document GAO/HR 97-2, February 1997 (Click here for update, GAO-01-263). Asset forfeiture has been among the top of the GAO list of "High Risk" programs for waste, fraud and abuse in government ever since the GAO first began ranking programs by risk. For a free hard copy of this or any other GAO document, use the GAO website order form.

    General Accounting Office, High Risk Program: "Information on Selected High Risk Areas," Document GAO/HR 97-30, February 1997.

    General Accounting Office, "Asset Forfeiture: Historical Perspective on Asset Forfeiture Issues," (PDF version)by Laurie Ekstrand, Associate Director, Administration of Justice Issues, before the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs, March 19, 1996 (11 pages). GAO document T-GGD-96-40 (seized property is not being properly cared for; DOJ and the Treasury Dept. are defying federal legislation requiring them to consolidate certain functions).

    Jurisdiction for Investigation of Allegations of Misconduct of Justice Employees, DOJ Order No. 1931-94, Janet Reno, 11-8-94.

    Forfeiture and Money Laundering, by U.S. Postal Inspection Service

    Forfeiture In New Jersey - Some Background: NJ Attorney General Releases Drug Forfeiture Report

    1995 Annual Report for the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Texas (no longer online), (According to this annual report, "This district ranked fifth in the nation with a net deposit of $23,294,000 into the Department's asset forfeiture fund. This district has consistently been in the forefront in forfeiture of crime proceeds, and over the past ten years has provided nearly $193 million to the DOJ forfeiture fund.")

    New Jersey U.S. Attorney's Office Press Release: Bissell convicted, 5-31-96

    U.S.A.O. Press Release: Somerset county Prosecutor & Wife Charged In 33-Count Federal Indictment, Newark, NJ U.S. Attorney's Office, September 28, 1995, press release re: indictment of Nicholas Bissell

    U.S.A.O. Press Release: New Hampshire Man Sentenced to Federal Prison and Ordered To Forfeit $59,000 in Marijuana Case, Boston U.S. Attorney's Office, September 11, 1995

    U.S.A.O. Press Release: U.S. Attorney Seeks to Forfeit Half-Million of Winter Hill Gang Member's Assets, Boston U.S. Attorney's Office, August 8, 1995

    U.S.A.O. Press Release: U.S. Attorney Shares $85,109.51 in forfeiture proceeds with state and local police, Boston U.S. Attorney's Office, August 8, 1995

    GAO High Risk Series: Asset Forfeiture Programs, U.S. General Accounting Office, GAO/HR-93-17 (December 1992)

    Michael Goldsmith, Civil Forfeiture: Tracing the Proceeds of Narcotics Trafficking, Police Executive Research Forum, U.S. Dept. of Justice, (Nov. 1988, Addendum Jan. 1992)

    Public Record and Other Information on Hidden Assets, by Frank R. Booth, Police Executive Research Forum, U.S. Dept. of Justice

    The Management and Disposition of Seized Assets, by G. Patrick Gallagher, U.S. Dept. of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance, Nov. 1988, reprinted Jan. 1992

    Police K9 Academy's compilation of cases about police "K9" dogs and their magical powers (Please note that most of these cases are old, and the courts are now beginning to realize that a dog alert to currency doesn't prove much because the currency supply is contaminated with drug residue.)

    DEA Drug Agents' Guide to Forfeiture of Assets, by Harry I. Myers & Joseph P. Brzostowski, 1987 revision, OCLC#07507214