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Oklahoma HP Uses New Device To Seize Money During Traffic Stops

Posted: Jun 07, 2016 Updated: Jun 09, 2016 By Aaron Brilbeck, News 9

OKLAHOMA CITY -You may have heard of civil asset forfeiture.

That’s where police can seize property and cash without first proving a person committed a crime; without a warrant and without arresting them, as long as they suspect that the property is somehow tied to a crime.

Now, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol has a device that also allows them to seize money on prepaid cards.
[Edit note – Like a debit card, or any other cash card.]

It’s called an ERAD, or Electronic Recovery and Access to Data machine, and OHP began using 16 of them last month.

Here’s how it works. If a trooper suspects a person may have money tied to some type of crime, the highway patrol can scan and seize money from prepaid cards. OHP stresses troopers do not do this during all traffic stops, only situations where they believe there is probable cause.

“We’re gonna look for different factors in the way that you’re acting,” Oklahoma Highway Patrol Lt. John Vincent said. “We’re gonna look for if there’s a difference in your story. If there’s someway that we can prove that you’re falsifying information to us about your business.”


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