12/27/2010 02:46 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

U.S. Marshals Mishandled Forfeitures, Suit Says

An arm of the United States Marshals Service undervalued what could amount to untold millions of dollars in assets forfeited by white-collar criminals -- including some from the family of Bernard L. Madoff -- and sold them for far less than they were worth, according to a lawsuit filed in federal court in Manhattan.

As a result, the lawsuit suggests, crime victims, including some who lost fortunes in the Madoff case, may have been deprived of millions of dollars in restitution.

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