A life after crime: What happens to crypto seized in criminal investigations?

Like with any kind of property, law enforcement has the right to sell your coins and spend the money.

A life after crime: What happens to crypto seized in criminal investigations? ANALYSIS

Earlier this year, during the annual Queen’s Speech in the United Kingdom, Prince Charles informed the Parliament about two bills. One of them — the Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Bill — would expand the government’s powers to seize and recover crypto assets.

Meanwhile, the United States Internal Revenue Service (IRS) seized more than $3 billion worth of crypto in 2021.

As digital currencies’ monetary stock grows and enforcers’ scrutiny over the maturing industry tightens, the amount of seized funds will inevitably increase.

But where do these funds go, assuming they aren’t returned to the victims of scams and fraud? 

Are there auctions, like there are for forfeited property? Or are these coins destined to be stored on some kind of special wallet, which might end up as a perfect investment fund for law enforcement agencies? Cointelegraph tried to get some answers.









 


 

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