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If a person who uses a prepaid debit credit card gets pulled over in Oklahoma, he/she now runs the risk that police can take all of the money loaded onto the card without arresting the person or even obtaining a warrant.

1. What do the devices purchased by the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety allow police to do?
2. Discuss why asset seizure criteria may be a bit fuzzy.
3. T. Jack Williams, president of ERAD Group, the company that makes and sells the card readers, argue that seizure is not the primary goal of the readers. So what is it?
4. What types of frauds are associated with gift cards and can police seize your gift cards?

Covert, B. (2016). Oklahoma Police Just Made It Easier Than Ever To Seize Someone’s Money. Think Progress, June 9 (Retrievable online at