Two Years Ago FBI Seized Over 1400 Safe Deposit Box's And Owner's Still Have No Clue Why

By Ryan Canady | Monday, 20 March 2023 10:25
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Linda Martin isn’t clear why the FBI came to her home two years ago and took away over 1,400 safe deposit boxes, and she remains unclear about why this is something that she must still deal with to this day.

However, she is fighting to ensure others don’t end up in the same situation she found herself in.

Fox News reports that Martin is still confused about why the FBI took away her life’s savings. The 58-year-old Martin spoke with Fox News and said: “They didn’t tell us why they took our money. They haven’t told us anything as far as what we did wrong,” and “We haven’t done anything wrong. We work and we saved our money because we were trying to save and buy a house.”

She is still determining where her money was taken or if she will ever be able to recover any portion of it at all. All of this has left her questioning the situation that she found herself in with all of this, and it makes her wonder why the government appears to have targeted an everyday citizen like herself.


She said: “The FBI, they feel like they can get away with anything,” and “I just feel like it’s unfair.”

Fox News reports that on March 22, 2021, the FBI seized Martin’s and another 1,400 customers’ private safe deposit boxes from U.S. Private Vaults, a Beverly Hills company. Reporting indicates that the FBI saved Martin’s $40,200 as a downpayment on the house for herself and her family. They also seized approximately $86 million from customers with safety deposit boxes set up with that company. There hasn’t been a clear explanation for why this happened, and Martin remains confused about why she and others were targeted. She said: “I just couldn’t believe it,” and “I really didn’t believe it. I sat down to start watching the news with him, and the FBI was raiding our private vault place.”

She says that she received a note from the FBI several months after they took her money saying that they had taken it as part of a process known as civil forfeiture. She didn’t fully understand the letter and inadvertently took actions that would allow the FBI to decide if and when she could get her money back. It is indeed a sticky situation for Martin, and it isn’t clear if the FBI will work with her to get her down payment money back at any point.