The FBI reportedly misguided a judge who signed a search warrant that involved $86 million in cash being seized, according to a new report.
The Los Angeles Times noted the case of suspected criminal activity at J.S. Private Vaults, a Beverly Hills location with more than 1,000 safe-deposit boxes.
The FBI and the U.S. Attorney’s office in Los Angeles misled the judge who signed a search warrant that led to more than $86 million in cash being seized, a report says. https://t.co/lTqgn7QumS
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"Based on my training and experience in money laundering investigations, Chicago, Illinois, is a hub of both drug trafficking and money laundering," FBI agent Lynne Zellhart wrote.
"I believe these patrons were using their USPV box to store drug proceeds," she added.
“Eighteen months later, newly unsealed court documents show that the FBI and U.S. attorney’s office in Los Angeles got their warrant for that raid by misleading the judge who approved it.”https://t.co/snK5RKkeHG
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Despite the limited warrant, the FBI seized the contents of the safety deposit boxes regardless of evidence of criminal activity.
The concerning case adds to the already controversial actions of the FBI related to the raid of former President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago home and other recent events by the agency.