Indiana police used $400k in asset forfeiture funds to boost their own pay & benefits, audit finds — RT America
The audit of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office’s “equitable sharing program” released last week was conducted by the Department of Justice (DOJ) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) Audit Division.
In total, auditors examined $802,206 in expenditures made by the sheriff’s office in 2014 and 2015, including $378,720 that was transferred to other law enforcement agencies as a part of the equitable sharing program, which allows police departments to prosecute asset forfeiture cases under federal instead of state law.
Indiana agencies spent over $400,000 in federal asset forfeiture funds to pay the salaries for its officers: https://t.co/UB9paJTECp
— InstituteForJustice (@IJ) February 28, 2017
The nonprofit Institute for Justice estimates the program results in local police keeping around 80 percent of the property or assets seized from citizens.
Property that is seized by police, including real estate, motor vehicles, boats, aircraft, jewelry, art, antiques, and collectibles can then be sold back to the public during auctions.
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