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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

Steve Welk

Steve Welk is the Chief of the Asset Forfeiture Section. AUSA Welk has been prosecuting civil and criminal asset forfeiture cases for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Central District of California since 1995, and has been Chief of the Asset Forfeiture Section since 2001. AUSA Welk provides training to prosecutors and members of law enforcement throughout the country on federal forfeiture and money laundering issues. In 2011, he received the Attorney General’s Distinguished Service Award for his work on the RICO prosecution of more than 80 members of the Mongols outlaw motorcycle gang. He received his B.A. degree from the University of Southern California and his J.D. from Pepperdine University School of Law.

Recent Cases

April 19, 2019
Press Release
United States Returns $9.8 Million Recovered from e-Bullion Illegal Money-Transmitting Business to Victims

April 11, 2019
Press Release
Attorney Michael Avenatti Named in Federal Grand Jury Indictment that Accuses Him of Stealing Millions of Dollars from Clients

April 2, 2019
Press Release
Three L.A. Residents Charged in Darknet Drug Ring that Allegedly Shipped Methamphetamine to Buyers Around the World

March 28, 2019
Press Release
Two SoCal Men Named in 19-Count Indictment Alleging Chinese Money Funded Inland Empire Marijuana Grow Houses

March 19, 2019
Press Release
U.S. Attorney’s Office Based in Los Angeles Collects over $317 Million in Civil and Criminal Actions During Fiscal Year 2018

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 April 19, 2019

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