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Cops Now Using Prepaid Card Readers to Rob Motorists of Digital Funds on Roadside

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Civil asset forfeiture (CAF) is coming under increased criticism around the country, as the immoral nature of this drug war weapon becomes exposed. New Mexico became the first state to make meaningful reforms, and even law enforcement officers are speaking out against CAF.

CAF amounts to outright theft from innocent people since cash and assets can be taken with no conviction of a crime. It brings millions in revenue to police departments so they can turn around and get more gadgets of oppression.

Case in point—the Electronic Recovery and Access to Data (ERAD) Prepaid Card Reader. This tool, developed by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), is increasingly being deployed by local police departments.

The ERAD allows cops to swipe prepaid cards, check the balance, freeze the account and take all the money. The ostensible purpose is to go after “bad guys” with “dirty money,” as drug traffickers are turning to prepaid cards instead of bundles of cash when traveling.

However, this ERAD-enabled moral crusade by government will undoubtedly bring about more theft from innocent people, including those with no actual drugs and harmless users who might have a joint lying around.

If Joseph Rivers had put his life savings on prepaid cards as he traveled to Los Angeles with dreams of becoming a music producer, he still would have been robbed by the Drug Enforcement Agency.

The Navajo County Sheriff’s Office in Arizona was recently approved to use ERAD devices during traffic stops that result in the discovery of illegal drugs. They are paying $3,685 for three readers, but also must give 5.7 percent of the stolen wealth to the company, creating a demand for more and more CAF seizures.

Approximately $1 million has already been seized by state and local police agencies using ERAD card readers.

Bill Soto, program manager at the DHS Science and Technology Directorate, describes how the new CAF tool is becoming a hot item.

The Prepaid Card Reader has generated a lot of interest from our state and local law enforcement agency partners, and there is a growing demand by these agencies for use of this technology by their personnel. It provides a unique tool for when they encounter suspect cards with magnetic strips during the performance of their duties.

The threat to citizens is particularly significant for those who don’t have the means to get a bank account and manage their finances with prepaid cards. If they happen to have a bit of weed in their car, they could be left without a penny to their name.

We know that many students, immigrants and unbanked persons use and rely on prepared cards as their primary means of making payments and managing their finances,” said attorney Judith Rinearson. “Why should they be singled out and treated disparately from users of other payment products? Why should law enforcement have access to their account balances without a subpoena or other due process?

If federal, state and local governments are serious about reforming the wasteful, immoral war on drugs that has criminalized and stolen from millions of nonviolent people, then CAF reform should be a top priority. They should follow New Mexico’s example and require a conviction before seizing money and assets from people.

The rollout of the ERAD card reader, however, tells us that authorities are intent as ever in the quest to steal from citizens.

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  • this is gangster extortion ,

  • this is gangster extortion ,

  • I’ve heard about cops using your debit cards and taking your cash outta your car/wallet after you get arrested.

  • I’ve heard about cops using your debit cards and taking your cash outta your car/wallet after you get arrested.

  • Is that not some sort of major felonious act?

    • Not for them the norm which is felonious acts.

    • True, “nothing to see here”

    • It would be if I did it…

    • Police have the authority to take cash and property from a vehicle if they say that it could have been involved in a crime. Lots of it gets pocketed before they turn it in at their station. Only people with a lot of money are able to put towards the funds to even try to fight back

  • Is that not some sort of major felonious act?

    • Not for them the norm which is felonious acts.

    • True, “nothing to see here”

    • It would be if I did it…

    • Police have the authority to take cash and property from a vehicle if they say that it could have been involved in a crime. Lots of it gets pocketed before they turn it in at their station. Only people with a lot of money are able to put towards the funds to even try to fight back

  • It’s literally highway robbery

    • Even dick turpin had the decency to at least wear a mask

  • It’s literally highway robbery

    • Even dick turpin had the decency to at least wear a mask

  • Try it

  • Try it

  • OH DEAR .. DUE PROCESS ANYONE HEARD OF THIS CONCEPT ..

  • OH DEAR .. DUE PROCESS ANYONE HEARD OF THIS CONCEPT ..

  • Insanity

  • Insanity

  • Alt Coin

  • Alt Coin

  • Well, we already suspect that over half of police (world wide) are corrupt anyway, with tendencies towards being violent and blatant liars, with their stinky fingers in near any business that’s even slightly dodgy, so this doesn’t surprise me they’ve followed the footsteps of con men and credit cards thieves.

  • Well, we already suspect that over half of police (world wide) are corrupt anyway, with tendencies towards being violent and blatant liars, with their stinky fingers in near any business that’s even slightly dodgy, so this doesn’t surprise me they’ve followed the footsteps of con men and credit cards thieves.

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  • ah yes the land of thefree

  • ah yes the land of thefree

  • This needs to get more attention These roadside bandits and the authorities behind this need to be prosecuted and serve hard time. All of the ill-gotten gains should be repaid in multiples(7x?) from their personal funds.These are not the ” Good Guys”.

  • This needs to get more attention These roadside bandits and the authorities behind this need to be prosecuted and serve hard time. All of the ill-gotten gains should be repaid in multiples(7x?) from their personal funds.These are not the ” Good Guys”.

  • America you need to sort this shit out!! Get it together people!! The world is dependent on your strength- not your weaknesses- your government scares the fuck out of me and I’m not American!!

  • America you need to sort this shit out!! Get it together people!! The world is dependent on your strength- not your weaknesses- your government scares the fuck out of me and I’m not American!!

  • wyo.you pay right then go to jail 20 years ago

  • wyo.you pay right then go to jail 20 years ago

  • just try dat shit here

  • just try dat shit here

  • It’s been done in Europe for decades. You pay much less on the roadside than if you go to court. LOL Since when does going to court clear you of anything?? Pay the lesser fine and shut up.

  • It’s been done in Europe for decades. You pay much less on the roadside than if you go to court. LOL Since when does going to court clear you of anything?? Pay the lesser fine and shut up.

  • USA A CORPATE FASCIST POLICE STATE FROM HELOL HITLER WOULD BE PROUD !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • USA A CORPATE FASCIST POLICE STATE FROM HELOL HITLER WOULD BE PROUD !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • THIS IS SATANIC @ DEMONIC FROM HELL

  • THIS IS SATANIC @ DEMONIC FROM HELL

  • Sounds like a job for crypto-currency!

  • Sounds like a job for crypto-currency!

  • Can I join this gang? ‘Probably not, I’ve been to college….

  • Can I join this gang? ‘Probably not, I’ve been to college….

  • America is so boned!

  • kootzie

    countermeasures ?

    • Tom Jefferson

      So far they can only read the magnetic strip cards. If you have a chip, you are ok for the moment.

      Perhaps an EMP wallet that wipes all the cards with a touch of a button — but then you would still lose the value.

      Honest police might be too much to ask,.