Office of the State Auditor of Missouri
Report No. 2006-11
As required by state law the State Auditor's Office compiled the 2005 Criminal Activity Forfeiture Act (CAFA) seizure reports submitted to our office by prosecuting attorneys and the Attorney General. This compilation was limited to the presentation of information submitted.
The State Auditor received a total of 101 (87%) of the 116 CAFA seizure reports, from prosecuting attorneys and the Attorney General for property seized in calendar year 2005 as required by Section 513.607, RSMo. Cum. Supp. 2004. Ninety-four (81%) of the reports were received prior to the January 31, 2006 deadline.
A comparison of 2005 report filings to those of prior years shows fewer seizures in 2005; however, these seizures have a higher dollar value.
To accomplish our objectives, we compiled all seizure information submitted to the State Auditor for calendar year 2005 and reviewed the compiled information previously submitted for the calendar years 2004, 2003, 2002, and 2001 so that a comparison would be available.
A letter dated January 3, 2006 was mailed to prosecuting attorneys and the Attorney General, notifying them of the deadline for submission of the CAFA seizure and forfeiture reports. This letter listed the information that should be included in their report according to Section 513.607 RSMo. Cum. Supp. 2004, and that the report should be submitted to both the State Auditor and to the Director of the Department of Public Safety. The letter also indicated that if there were no seizures, a report was still needed indicating that information.
Due to statutory deadline to submit this report, only seizure reports received by February 24, 2006 are included in the compilation.
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