The FBI obtained a search warrant for a Beverly Hills, Los Angeles business that operated safe-deposit boxes and used it as a means to pry open private boxes and seize the cash and assets inside.
The warrant said they believed the business was engaged in criminal activity, but in exectuted the warrant, they searched—and seized—assets not belonging to the business, but to their customers.
It has now been revealed that the warrant the FBI used to obtain access to that business, charging that the company was involved in a conspiracy to sell drugs and launder money, and the safe-deposit boxes the business rented to customers, misled the juge who authorized it, the LA Times reports.
The part that was misleading was that the search warrant did not show that FBI intended to make a “Permanent confiscation of everything inside every box containing at least $5,000 in cash or goods, a senior FBI agent recently testified,” according to the LA Times. Read more…