Confiscating cash or property without a conviction or charges is now old hat for law enforcement. Stand by for the Electronic Recovery and Access to Data machine (ERAD), a device that sucks digital money off prepaid cards and into police accounts. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol purchased 16 ERADs and began using them last month. In instances where troopers suspect a prepaid, debit, credit or virtually any card with a magnetic strip has been used in a crime,

they can take the card and slide it through their new machine to generate information on the account – as well as either freeze or transfer the digital funds. Following the same principle as the practice of civil asset forfeiture, no person need be convicted or even charged with a specific offense for the law enforcement officer to deem the property, even in digital form, to be worthy of confiscation. READ MORE