Lawsuit Filed to Seize Assets of Gang Members

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In an unprecedented move for the state, prosecutors from Los Angeles have filed a lawsuit that seeks to seize the assets of senior members of a large gang in the hope that this will cripple their criminal enterprises. Prosecutors are aiming to seize assets of major members of the 18th Street gang.
The lawsuit has been filed against nine leading members of the gang, all of whom are serving time in prison. The aim of the lawsuit is to reduce the wealth that the gang has accumulated through carrying out its various criminal activities according to recent reports.

City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo stated: “The days of allowing vicious gang criminals to accumulate and spend their ill-gotten gains — sometimes even from behind bars — are over. It’s time the gang leaders literally pay for their crimes.”

Amongst the assets that prosecutors hope to seize as part of the lawsuit are homes and businesses. A state law that was passed earlier this year allows for this sort of lawsuit, which prosecutors have taken full advantage of in filing the lawsuit.

 

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