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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 21, 2021
Press Release
Riverside County Man Charged in COVID-Relief Fraud Scheme

March 19, 2021
Press Release
Iranian Nationals Charged with Conspiring to Evade U.S. Sanctions on Iran by Disguising $300 Million in Transactions Over Two Decades

February 17, 2021
Press Release
3 North Korean Military Hackers Indicted in Wide-Ranging Scheme to Commit Cyberattacks and Financial Crimes Across the Globe

February 9, 2021
Press Release
South Korean National Sentenced to Nearly 4 Years in Federal Prison for Smuggling Erectile Dysfunction Drugs Sold as Herbal Products

February 5, 2021
Press Release
Compounding Pharmacy and Owner Plead Guilty to Health Care Fraud and Kickback Scheme that Led to $14 Million in Payments

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 21, 2021

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