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Whistleblower Sues U.S. Marshals Alleging Forfeiture Misconduct

Federal forfeitures are handled by the U.S. Marshals Service. It's a huge business, involving $2 billion in seized and forfeited assets. Among their duties:

The U.S. Marshals manage and dispose of all assets seized for forfeiture by utilizing successful procedures employed by the private sector. The agency contracts with qualified vendors that minimize the amount of time an asset remains in inventory and maximize the net return to the government.

Forfeiture Support Associates LLC (FSA) has a $613 million contract with the Marshals Service to help administer the asset forfeiture program. Brian Aryani is a former former federal agent and CPA who worked for FSA and the Marshals Service in the Complex Assets Group of the Asset Forfeiture Program. (He says he was employed by both, although it's not clear if his contract was only with FSA.) He has filed a whistleblower and civil rights lawsuit alleging fraud by the former head of the Complex Assets Group, Leonard Brisksman and retaliation by FSA, the Marshals Service and its Assistant Director, Eben Morales, for bringing it to light. [More...]

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