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Government Seized Items Up For Grabs At Pompano Beach Auction

MIAMI (CBS4) - Hundreds of curious customers filed through a Pompano Beach warehouse Thursday, for a peek at items going up for auction.

The items were seized or forfeited to the IRS, Secret Service, and U.S. Customs by people who broke the law or didn't pay their federal income taxes.

They included Coach handbags, rare wine, iPads, computers and cameras.  There were vast rolls of fabric, a washer dryer, water cooler and water softener machine along with generators and portable air conditioners. Even a baby grand piano.

Some of the items were brand new like large screen TV's and a room full of luxurious furniture meant for a home theater.

Paul Parker said he will bid on some of the items.

"I have an anniversary coming up," said Parker. "It looks like some of the jewelry is brand new."

Like many meandering through the vast warehouse off Sample Road, Parker wondered about the origin of some of the items.

"Does the history come with the purchase?" he quipped.

Maria Fay spent a lot of time at the jewelry counter viewing gold coins and diamond bracelets and earrings.

"I'm not into the big stuff, computers and TV's.  I don't need them.  But I like the jewelry and the coins," she said.

The auction is strictly online and you must register to participate.

You can find out more information by going to the auction operator:

The bidding starts Friday, April 13th and will run through Tuesday, April 17.

All of the proceeds go to the U.S. Treasury's Asset Forfeiture Fund to support law enforcement agencies.


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