Frat houses in New York City are facing federal civil forfeiture cases, but they are fighting to keep the money they earned by providing safe houses for students to stay in.
New Haven, Conn., is one of a handful of communities that have been awarded millions in forfeiture funds.
It was awarded $100 million by the Department of Justice and a federal judge last year to help pay for the costs of prosecuting drug dealers, rapists and violent criminals.
But the money isn’t coming without consequences.
Frat houses have a long history in New England, and in recent years, many of them have faced charges of breaking the law.
That includes underage drinking, assault, assault on police, and rape.
In one case, a fraternity brother was charged with raping a 14-year-old girl.
“When you have a problem in this state, that is the way that it happens,” said Steve Hirsch, a spokesman for the New Haven Police Department.
He said the city is not involved in the criminal justice system.
The city has a reputation as a tough place for fraternities and sororities, especially at the city’s fraternies.
The city also has a long record of dealing with sexual assaults and violence.
“We’re just not ready to be a safe place for anyone,” Hirsch said.
The New Haven Fraternity is fighting to stay out of the criminal court system.
Its attorney, Brian O’Donnell, said the police department and the state attorney general’s office have a duty to protect all residents.
“I think the law is clear: The law is to help the victims of crime, not to punish people who have committed crimes,” O’Brien said.
“We are not going to let that happen.”
The Frat House, in its court filing, said it “is committed to ensuring that the victims will have access to the resources necessary to be safe and successful in our society.”
It says it is in compliance with the city of New Haven’s Safe House ordinance.
The case in New Jersey has brought national attention to the issue of civil forfeiture and what happens when the money is forfeited.
The Frat Houses in New Orleans and the University of Mississippi were among the schools that had been hit by forfeiture cases.
In April, a federal grand jury in New Mexico indicted two brothers and a fraternity member for allegedly stealing nearly $40 million from a fraternity house.
One of the brothers, James Henson, was found guilty of stealing more than $400,000 and was sentenced to nearly a year in prison.
The men were among nine people indicted in a multi-billion-dollar federal racketeering scheme.
The government alleges that they used their “stolen money to purchase luxury cars, jewelry and other property, including a $20 million mansion in Palm Beach, Fla., with the express purpose of extorting money from people in the Mississippi community.”
Federal prosecutors in Miami have charged two men in that scheme, including one who they say is the ringleader, as well as another man who they claim was an associate.
In a civil forfeiture case in California, a grand jury found the brothers guilty of racketeering and money laundering and sentenced them to prison.
The judge ordered the brothers to pay more than a million dollars in restitution and pay $4.2 million in restitution to victims of sexual assault and assault, among other criminal offenses.