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Asset Forfeiture Section

Section Overview

The Asset Forfeiture Section prosecutes civil and criminal asset forfeiture matters arising from a wide range of federal offenses. While a majority of the cases in the section involve narcotics and money laundering violations, the section also handles significant cases in such diverse areas as bank and health care fraud, smuggling, gambling and child exploitation.

Section Leadership

Jonathan Galatzan

Jonathan Galatzan is the Chief of the Asset Forfeiture Section. Mr. Galatzan has been prosecuting civil and criminal asset forfeiture cases for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Central District of California since 2012, and was appointed Chief of the Asset Forfeiture Section in 2021.

Mr. Galatzan has provided training to AUSAs and federal and local law enforcement on asset forfeiture.  In 2020, he, along with a number of his colleagues, received the Attorney General’s John Marshall Award for his work to recover over $1.1B worth of assets misappropriated from 1 Malaysia Development Berhad.  He received his B.A. degree from U.C. Santa Barbara and his J.D. from Loyola Law School.

Recent Cases

May 5, 2022
Press Release
Justice Department Seeks Forfeiture of Los Angeles Mega-Mansion Allegedly Purchased with Proceeds of Armenian Corruption Scheme

April 15, 2022
Press Release
Riverside County Man Found Guilty of Fraud for Misusing COVID-Relief Business Loan on Personal Expenses, Including Luxury Cars

April 11, 2022
Press Release
Six Southern California Companies Ordered to Pay $1.83 Billion in Restitution for Scheming to Avoid Payment of Aluminum Duties

April 1, 2022
Press Release
Los Angeles Paralegal Admits Role in Scheme to Fraudulently Obtain Legal U.S. Residency for Members of Philippines-Based Church

March 31, 2022
Press Release
Federal Authorities Announce Charges Related to Multi-Million Dollar Sport Gambling Business Involving Current and Former Pro Athletes

Section Contact Information

The United States Attorney's Office
Central District of California
Criminal Division
Attn: Asset Forfeiture Section
312 North Spring Street
Los Angeles, California 90012

Updated May 5, 2022

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