The question was raised after San Diego police acknowledged the loss in a report to the federal government in 2010 that exposed the loss with a closing balance of $1,153,426 in seized assets and a closing balance of $153,426 a year later.
No one at the San Diego Police Department seems to know what happened to the money or how it was spent.
“We acknowledge you have noted a discrepancy,” SDPD spokesman Lt. Kevin Mayer said in a statement. “We have asked the City Comptroller to do a complete review and audit of the seized asset fund to see if there is an error.”
The funds were distributed to the SDPD by U.S. Treasury agencies under a program that redirects assets from illegal activities to local local enforcement agencies.