Thursday, June 11, 2015

Europe and Civil Asset Forfeiture

I read an article about Cristiano Ronaldo's mother, Dolores Aveiro, trying to board a flight with €45,000 in her purse. Of course, because this is the way the world works now, she was a criminal, either because she had a lot of cash or (more insidiously) because she didn't tell a government agent that she had the cash.

Here's what I found interesting.

Mrs Aveiro will may now be fined at least €600 for the attempt to illegally export cash. By paying the fine, she will be able to collect the confiscated money.
Say what?! In the U.S., that money would have already been added to the police department budget by now. She could get it back by proving that the money (not her) was NOT guilty of a crime. But in Spain all she has to do is pay a fine to cover the policing costs.

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