How to be a criminal, without even trying

In the gun-owning community, those who oppose background checks are often chided with, "Well, if you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear. Stop being so paranoid."

Well, these people had nothing to hide, either - or so they thought. And they have plenty to fear now, with tens of thousands of their hard-earned dollars being seized by their own government as punishment for the crime of regularly depositing legally-earned money in quantities below $10,000.

From the article:

"The Internal Revenue Service agents did not accuse Ms. Hinders of money laundering or cheating on her taxes — in fact, she has not been charged with any crime. Instead, the money was seized solely because she had deposited less than $10,000 at a time, which they viewed as an attempt to avoid triggering a required government report...."

"The government can take the money without ever filing a criminal complaint, and the owners are left to prove they are innocent. Many give up...."

"There is nothing illegal about depositing less than $10,000 cash unless it is done specifically to evade the reporting requirement. But often a mere bank statement is enough for investigators to obtain a seizure warrant."

Remember this the next time you equate a person's desire for privacy from government with their guilt of some wrongdoing.