Detroit CBP seized a total $40,249 in back-to-back money seizures at Detroit airport on March 29, 2016 for failure to report and illegal cash structuring. The excerpt from the notice of seizure and intent to forfeit gives only the most essential information that allows for someone with an interest in the property to file a claim.
The fact that administrative forfeiture proceedings have begun (as signified by the fact it is being published in this way on forfeiture.gov) probably represents a bad decision by the people who experienced the Detroit airport money seizures, or by their attorney. Immigration attorneys and general practitioners have no business doing the work of a customs lawyer in responding to a money seizure by CBP at Detroit airport or elsewhere.
What are some reasons people choose the administrative forfeiture route?
It could be lack of evidence to prove legitimate source or intended use, failure to actually receive the personal notice of seizure letter, fear of criminal repercussions, failure to understand the difference between the different election of proceedings options… and other reasons related to ignorance of the law about money seizures.
Here’s the excerpt from CBP’s forfeiture.gov posting:
DEADLINE TO FILE A CLAIM:
May 27, 2016
June 25, 2016
July 26, 2016
2016380700066701-001-0000, Seized on 03/29/2016; At the port of DETROIT, MI; US CURRENCY RETAINED; 265; EA; Valued at $20,558.00; For violation of 31USC5317,31USC5316,31CFR1010.340(A),31USC5324
2016380700067101-001-0000, Seized on 03/29/2016; At the port of DETROIT, MI; U.S. CURRENCY RETAINED; 235; EA; Valued at $19,691.00; For violation of 31USC5317,31USC5316,31CFR1010.340(A),31USC5324
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