Money in the Bank

Money in the Bank

The decades-old institution of civil asset forfeiture just got amazingly worse through the new practice of  seizing cash in bank accounts at a whim without any due process:

Now, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol has a device that also allows them to seize money in your bank account or on prepaid cards.

It’s called an ERAD, or Electronic Recovery and Access to Data machine, and state police began using 16 of them last month.  

Here’s how it works. If a trooper suspects you may have money tied to some type of crime, the highway patrol can scan any cards you have and seize the money.

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News 9 obtained a copy of the contract with the state. 

It shows the state is paying ERAD Group Inc., $5,000 for the software and scanners, then 7.7 percent of all the cash the highway patrol seizes.  

Yow.

Also, this is the second website I’ve seen today that still requires Flash to watch their videos. Chrome makes an OK sandbox for that garbage but everyone should stop supporting it. 

Author: Jack Slater

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