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Are the U.S. Marshals using seized assets to pay for lavish office decorations?

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) is asking whether the U.S. Marshals Service is abusing the assets it seizes to pay for things like plush office furniture and renovations.

In a letter to the Marshals Service, Grassley said his committee has information suggesting that seized assets were abused in this way, and demanded that the agency answer questions about this information. Most questions surrounded the agency's Asset Forfeiture Division (AFD).

US Marshals Auction Off Personal Property Seized From Madoffs Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) has asked if the U.S. Marshals Service is abusing funds generated by its seizure of assets.

"Did AFD purchase a conference table that exceeded $10,000 in cost? If so, what was the cost and why was a less expensive table not considered?" the letter asked about the Marshals Services office in Arlington, Virginia.

"Did AFD install custom wallpaper, artwork, crown moldings, and chair rails in its offices?" it asked. "If so, why and at what cost for each of these installations?"

The letter also asked whether the agency spent AFD funds on "custom window treatments" in Houston, Texas.

Read Grassley's letter here:

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