Cryptocurrency attorney Adam S. Tracy discusses the process of civil asset forfeiture and the prevalence of forfeiture in the cryptocurrency space.
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So civil asset forfeiture is sort of a hot button topic. And I don’t particularly have an opinion on it, but I did read an article that said that the government had seized over a billion in crypto assets under civil forfeiture laws. And it’s an interesting area of law, and it’s a very specific and nuanced area of law, but there’s three things to kind of consider. 1) Civil asset forfeiture cases are civil cases. So the government only needs to prove its case by the lower standard of preponderance of evidence, which means more likely than not. Whereas in a context of a criminal case, you have the Beyond A Reasonable Doubt. So more likely than not is 6 to 5, right, and Beyond Reasonable Doubt is 11 and up. Right? So you have that. 2) The burden is actually on the party from whom the party from whom the property was seized. It’s on you. What you have to show is, thirdly, that you did not know nor could have possibly have known that the property that was seized was related criminal activity. And so it’s an interesting, it’s an interesting pitfall, especially for exchange operators, right, or mixers or anything like that in the sense that others could use your crypto, right, your platform in criminal activity, and you could be subject to civil asset forfeiture proceedings. Which, again, the burden is on you, and the burden that the government must prove is actually very low, right? It’s the same as a car crash, for instance. It’s very low. It’s a very nuanced and sort of crazy area of law. But, again, it’s something to consider if you are operating, especially in an exchange, right? I think of an exchange because despite all the KYC and AML that you do in the world, you could be a platform for criminal activity, right, that you know, vigilant monitoring may not catch, right? It may not catch so, you know, and I wanted to do a quick piece on it, and I’m by no means the expert in these things, but think it bears a discussion and it bears some investigation, considering how prevalent it’s become in the cryptocurrency community. Right? And obviously there’s those who have nefarious intent and use cryptocurrency in nefarious means and, you know. And I think that casts a pitfall upon the whole industry rather unfairly because the overwhelming majority operators are above board. But, you know, it is it is something to be wary of as an operator because you could become roped up into these cases and being an innocent party, and the question becomes what you do? So if you have questions or you’re, you know, involved in a scenario, feel free to hit me up. I’m happy to answer any questions that you may have. I’m Adam Tracy. Check me out — AdamTracy.io — and I’ll talk to you soon.
A former professional rugby player, Adam S. Tracy brings over twenty years’ experience as an attorney, consultant and dealmaker with a particular focus on cryptocurrency, digital products, payments and immersive corporate structures. As an accomplished executive and advisor to high risk merchants and stakeholders, Adam has proven himself as a results oriented, decisive leader with proven success advising early market entrants, technology adapters, as well as established participants across a wide range of verticals. Adam Tracy’s attack-first personality allows him to excel in dynamic, demanding environments including complex corporate negotiations, distressed environments and regulatory investigations.
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Adam S. Tracy earned his Bachelor of Science in Computer Applications and Bachelor of Science in Finance from the University of Notre Dame. He subsequently earned his Masters in Business Administration from the DePaul Kellstadt Graduate School of Business, while concurrently earning his Juris Doctorate from the DePaul College of Law. Adam lives outside Chicago with his with his wife, four dogs, and two cats.
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