Civil Asset Forfeiture

RI Cops Awash in Money Stolen From Google

$500 million "forfeited" because of prescription drug ads

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Five Rhode Island law enforcement agencies are faced with an enviable problem: what to do with $230 million forfeited by Google Inc.?

Investigators from local agencies are entitled to the money because they helped a federal investigation into the search engine's distribution of ads for illegal prescription drug sales. In 2011, Google agreed to forfeit $500 million, and last year the U.S. attorney announced the agencies that helped would receive shares ranging from $5 million to $60 million.

(H/T CharlesWT)