Detroit Money Seizure: $11,622.23 Seized/ $11,122.23 Returned

Detroit Money Seizure: $11,622.23 Seized/ $11,122.23 Returned

Earlier this month, one of our expert customs attorneys successfully recovered over $11,000.00 on behalf of a client whose funds were seized at Detroit Metropolitan Airport. The client sought to bring, earnings from his overseas business into the US as a wedding gift to his Son, who was married on 12-12-12 in Las Vegas, NV.  However, he failed to file a report of the funds to Customs and Border Patrol.

Federal law requires that any person bringing more than $10,000.00 into the US report these funds to Customs, identifying both the amount and kind of the funds to be transported.  Furthermore, federal law authorizes Customs to seize and forfeit these funds whenever an individual has failed to meet these reporting requirements.  Thus, despite the money’s legitimate source and purpose, Customs seized this client’s money.

Many people are unaware of these reporting requirements, and fall subject to these laws.  More importantly, though, many people are also unaware that when this happens, they can get their money back.  Before Customs can forfeit money, it must issue a formal notice of seizure.  This notice provides an individual with several courses of action, all of which are subject to strict deadlines.  The option that we typically choose on behalf of our clients is to file a petition for the remission of forfeiture.  This petition must be filed within 30 days from the date of the notice letter.  Generally, if a petition shows that the funds were legitimately sourced and purposed, and that the client made an honest mistake in failing to report the money, Customs will remit some or all of the seizure, as happened in this case.

However, this process is nuanced and requires compliance with strict time and material requirements—failure to adhere to all of Customs’ rules and procedures will often result in loss of the funds, and that’s why it is important to have an experienced attorney who knows the ins and outs of this process.

If this has happened to you or a friend, act now. Even if Customs has seized your money, there may be a way to recover if you act quickly enough.  We have expert attorneys who practice throughout the US and who will persevere until your money is recovered, so call us now for a free consultation at 877-406-6906, or contact us with a private message.  Time is of the essence!

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