“If you can prove that you have a legitimate reason to have that money it will be given back to you. And we’ve done that in the past”
ERAD: Oklahoma Cops Using New Device To Seize Money from Bank Accounts, Credit Cards During Traffic Stops
OKLAHOMA CITY – You may have heard of civil asset forfeiture.
That’s where police can seize your property and cash without first proving you committed a crime; without a warrant and without arresting you, as long as they suspect that your property is somehow tied to a crime.
Now, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol has a device that also allows them to seize money in your bank account or on prepaid cards.
It’s called an ERAD, or Electronic Recovery and Access to Data machine, and state police began using 16 of them last month.
Here’s how it works. If a trooper suspects you may have money tied to some type of crime, the highway patrol can scan any cards you have and seize the money.