A tale from the receiving end

Out of the blue, the government attacks. DEHKO: Bullied by the IRS is the tale of an Iraqi immigrant and his grocery store. The IRS seized his bank account because he made frequent cash deposits. That is suspicious as it can be an indication of money laundering. For the grocery store, it was a means to keep cash on hand down to insurable levels.

“The IRS has turned my American Dream into a nightmare. … Remarkably, the government doesn’t even have to charge me with any wrongdoing to keep my money. Many people know about criminal forfeiture, which allows police to seize the ill-gotten gains of convicted criminals. In my case, the government used civil forfeiture, which lets the government take money from people who have never been charged with any crime.

Adding insult to injury, federal civil forfeiture law does not even grant me a hearing before or soon after they snatched my account. They’ve had my money for 10 months. I’ve been forced to spend thousands of dollars on lawyers just to get a hearing before a judge. Even more bizarre, under civil forfeiture, the government’s case is not against me, but against my property. This is why the official case has the ridiculous name, United States of America v. $35,651.11 in U.S. Currency. This is not just absurd; it’s unconstitutional.”

Find something ‘suspicious’ and then confiscate the involved assets. Some jurisdictions are using this scheme as a fund raising method in lieu of taxation. It has become a racket, a government shakedown of citizens, a destroyer of businesses and lives.

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