FBI Faced With Suit In $86M Confiscation Scandal

UNHINGED Corruption – Bullseye Set On FBI!
The question of whether the FBI unlawfully seized goods and cash valued at millions of dollars from a secure storage company in 2021 will be decided by federal courts in California. No customer was ever charged with a crime involving the FBI-seized property.

Reports show that in March 2021, agents with a warrant arrived at the Beverly Hills branch of US Private Vaults. The agents would break into hundreds of safe deposit boxes for several days. Photos were taken of documents, cash, and other items and placed in bags.

Agents informed the local media in a presser that they had discovered contraband and thwarted a criminal enterprise. However, innocent deposit box owners discovered that the FBI seized their possessions.

The FBI retained the money under the provisions of “civil asset forfeiture,” which are often misused. The FBI made off with $86 million in cash and property.

According to a report, Judges from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals heard whether the FBI acted properly or violated the Fourth Amendment rights of consumers who lost all their funds without redress on December 7.

U.S. Private Vaults admitted to money laundering. However, the FBI planned to retain clients’ money and property. A group of consumers sued the FBI for seizing their property without charges.
In its complaint, the Institute for Justice showed that the FBI summarily confiscated every box containing $5,000 but never notified a court when asking for the search warrant on U.S. Private Vaults.

The warrant required the bureau to restore the boxes’ contents to their owners.

The FBI says it went to great lengths to contact the box owners. Bureau personnel testified that they put a flier on the storage facility window asking clients to call them about their seized safety deposit boxes.

Since the Institute for Justice sued, the agency has returned just a portion of the goods it stole following the raid.

The appeal judges’ decision is due in a month, and those challenging the FBI hope it will restrict the government’s authority to seize property and money.