Richard Roper Quoted in The Dallas Morning News on Forfeiture Fund

“Federal officials auditing Dallas DA’s use of forfeiture funds”

The Dallas County district attorney’s office has lost access to federal forfeiture fund assets, and the U.S. Department of Justice is conducting a rare, in-person audit of the fund because of accounting discrepancies over how the money in it was spent, The Dallas Morning News has learned.

A former U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Texas, Richard Roper, said Thursday that he has never heard of federal officials personally visiting a local agency like the DA’s office to conduct an audit. Two Washington-based DOJ officials arrived in Dallas on Wednesday to begin the three-day review. They have been joined by two accountants from a well-regarded national accounting firm.

“I don’t think they have the manpower to just go in and look at the district attorney’s books. They’d have to have a reason,” said Roper, who is now in private practice.