The Asset Forfeiture Division was established in 1993 as an independent Division, overseeing all criminal and civil forfeiture litigation in the Southern District of Florida. The mission of the Asset Forfeiture Division is to promote, facilitate, and enforce compliance with the laws of the United States using criminal and civil forfeiture to disrupt and deter criminal activity, to dismantle criminal enterprises, and to separate criminals and their associates from the profits of their illegal activities.
Assistant U.S. Attorneys assigned to the Asset Forfeiture Division handle all civil forfeiture matters in the District. They assist Criminal Division AUSAs with forfeiture-related issues in criminal prosecutions and have overall responsibility for all issues involving asset forfeiture, including investigations, seizures, and final disposition of assets. The District emphasizes criminal forfeiture and is consistently among the top districts nationwide in judicial forfeiture recoveries, averaging more than thirty million a year. Forfeited funds are used, as permitted by federal law, to support federal, state and local law enforcement activities and, in appropriate cases, to provide full or partial restoration to victims of criminal activity. In addition to forfeiting the proceeds and instrumentalities of criminal activities like drug trafficking, healthcare and mortgage fraud, Ponzi schemes, environmental crimes, and others, the District has forfeited criminal proceeds in a number of foreign jurisdictions, e.g., Hong Kong, the Channel Islands, Monaco, Dominican Republic, to name a few, and forfeited moon rocks, an Egyptian sarcophagus, and pre-Colombian artifacts, on behalf of foreign governments. Last but not least, forfeiture AUSAs have taught and lectured about forfeiture and money laundering on behalf of the Department of Justice, the Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development, Assistance and Training, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and other organizations, in Mexico; Nicaragua; Lima, Perú; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Seoul, Korea; Davos, Switzerland; Liechtenstein, and Bucharest, Romania, to name a few international locations.