IRS Seized $17 Million from Americans’ Bank Accounts, But They Were Never Charged with a Crime!

Saturday, April 22, 2017
By Paul Martin

APRIL 22, 2017

According to a report from the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA), the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) seized approximately $17.1 million from Americans’ bank accounts that were thought to be involved in “criminal enterprises.”

The funds seized by the IRS were said “to disrupt and dismantle criminal enterprises.” However, of the 278 investigations that took place by TIGTA, 91 percent of the funds were said to be obtained legally by businesses.

So, what does that tell us? Well, it tells us that in 91 percent of the cases, people had their money seized without being charged with a crime! Our Constitution is clear:

No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation. – Fifth Amendment to the US Constitution

Seizing money or property without due process of law is unconstitutional and criminal. This is why asset forfeiture, be it under a Democrat administration or a Republican one, is criminal, and those engaged in it should be brought to justice.

“Most people impacted by the program did not appear to be criminal enterprises engaged in other alleged illegal activity,” a TIGTA statement read. “The report also concludes that the rights of some individuals and businesses were compromised in these investigations.”

You think? They were not just compromised, they were violated! So, is TIGTA or agents with the IRS going to be held responsible? Not on your life!

“When property owners were interviewed after the seizure, agents did not always identify themselves properly, did not explain the purpose of the interviews, did not advise property owners of any rights they might have, and told property owners they had committed a crime at the conclusion of the interviews,” the statement continued.

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