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A chart from a government audit shows the growth in the dollar value of forfeitures and assets seized by agencies over the past decade, topping $1.7 billion in 2013. (Chart courtesy the Government Accountability Office)

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Report: Government seizures of assets have grown steadily over decade

Government seizures of assets exceeded $1.7 billion in 2013, a nearly seven-fold increase in the Treasury Forfeiture Fund over a span of 10 years, according to a recent federal audit.