Ogden Presses Interpol Partners for Tougher Forfeiture Laws
By Joe Palazzolo | October 12, 2022 5:51 pm
David Ogden (usdoj)

David Ogden (usdoj)

Deputy Attorney General David Ogden, speaking at the Interpol General Assembly in Singapore on Monday, encouraged U.S. partner nations to adopt stringent asset forfeiture and money laundering laws to deprive international criminal organizations of their ill-gotten gains.

Ogden, citing one estimate in prepared remarks, said organized crime accounted for up to 15 percent of the global gross domestic product. ”Right now, international organized crime pays — we need to change that,” he said.

Ogden said the new laws must be unencumbered by ”precedent criminal convictions.

This tool is essential in transnational cases where the crime is committed in one country but the illicit proceeds are located in another. And traditional criminal forfeiture efforts are too often frustrated because the criminals have fled or are somehow able to escape prosecution.  Therefore, we must have laws in place to make certain that the criminals forfeit their criminal proceeds — each non-conviction based forfeiture solves this problem.

He also spoke of the need for nations to enforce the judgments and freeze orders of their allies.

The United States is committed to using all of its forfeiture authority to seize criminal assets, enforce the forfeiture judgments of our partners, and to share the proceeds of those efforts whenever appropriate.  We urge other nations to implement such a commitment.

In an interview with The Associated Press at the conference, Ogden said international criminal organizations are exploiting a lack of cooperation among the world’s police forces.

“Criminals are at the most advanced stage of globalization,” Ogden said. “There is no question that we are behind, and the power of these international criminals has grown.”


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