Waterloo leads the way in Iowa property forfeitures
Mark Hopper has lived in Waterloo all of his life, except for the time he spent in prison in Minnesota and California. He considers his more than eight years in prison to be a blessing because he changed his outlook on life. Yet, he said he feels unfairly punished despite serving his time because the Waterloo Police Department seized $60,000 of his cash and assets in connection with some of his crimes. The seizure, he said, ultimately cost him a building. “If you did anything, they want to take everything,” Hopper, 42, said.