Atlanta US Customs Money Seizure

Atlanta US Customs Money Seizure

Atlanta US Customs Money Seizure:

Administrative seizures are authorized and are typically performed by U.S. Customs and Border Protection at points of entry into the U.S., like Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in Georgia, the world’s busiest airport, with more than 95 million passengers annually. Customs is authorized to seize any property it has probable cause to believe is contraband or is not in compliance with federal regulations.

We can use various administrative review processes to petition directly for return of the property, or you may sue the seizing agency in federal court. Generally, the law offers claimants few protections when Customs has seized their property. While administrative seizure is not a criminal action, they can accompany them, unfortunately the government’s burden of proof in a forfeiture proceeding is lower than in a criminal case.

The burden of proof being shifted to you, the claimant, who must then prove you have a legitimate claim. Civil forfeiture is understandably controversial because it amounts to stiff punishments without the protections of a trial. Have you had money seized in Atlanta Georgia, including Hartsfield- Jackson International Airport? We can help, over the years our firm has recovered hundreds of thousands of dollars on behalf of similar clients and may be able to help you too– if you or someone you know has had money or property taken by the US Customs and Border Patrol, Postal Inspectors, or the DEA, call our firm today for a free consultation! Our attorneys are ready to help you, time is of the essence. Call us now at 877-406-6906, or you can contact us with a private message.

Pittsburgh International Airport Money Seizure? | 877-406-6906 | Free Consultation

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Victim of a Pittsburgh International Airport Money Seizure?

Pittsburgh International Airport (IATAPITICAOKPITFAA LIDPIT), formerly Greater Pittsburgh Airport, Greater Pittsburgh International Airport  is commonly referred to as Pittsburgh International. The airport has flights to Canada, Mexico, Caribbean, and Europe, find PIT on Facebook. Allegheny County officials are talking to airlines about expanding international service from Pittsburgh International Airport to cities such as Rome, Amsterdam and London.

With such expansion comes an increase in government oversight of increased international traffic, and consequently the transportation of monetary instruments in and out of the country. Monetary instruments include US dollars, traveler’s checks, foreign currency, and endorsed checks. Inevitably, these instruments can be seizured by the DEA, US Customs and Border Protection, and a number of other governmental agencies, for a wide variety of reasons which this site has touched on in other posts.

Money seized in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, including Pittsburgh International Airport, we can help, over the years our firm has recovered hundreds of thousands of dollars on behalf of similar clients and may be able to help you too– if you or someone you know has had money or property taken by the US Customs and Border Patrol, Postal Inspectors, or the DEA, call our firm today for a free consultation! Our attorneys are ready to help you, time is of the essence. Call us now at 877-406-6906, or you can contact us with a private message.

 

$151,306 seized from El Paso Port of Entry

In late March, at approximately 3:40 am an 59 year old man attempted to leave the US via the El Paso Port of Entry. Juan Francisco Dominguez Morales was driving a 1996 Ford Ranger which was selected for investigation. Upon entering the vehicle agents discovered multiple soda cans that had been manipulated to conceal rolls of bills. The total amount seized was $151,306 in a combination of US and Mexican currency. Mr. Morales, from San Diego California, was arrested and went to El Paso County jail. No bond was granted, and it is expected that ICE will prosecute him federally. While it seems unlikely that he will be able to do so, if Mr. Morales can prove a legitimate source of the funds, and legitimate intended purpose he will be off the hook for the failure to disclose. 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!

http://www.yumanewsnow.com/index.php/news/border/2760-cbp-seizes-more-than-150-000-in-undeclared-currency

Everything is bigger in Texas- Even the Texas Customs Seizures

Texas Customs Seizures

In early April U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents seized $80,000.00 at the Santa Teresa port of entry in addition to one pound of marijuana. The vehicle, a 2003 Ford Lobo driven by 23 year old Jose Jaquez, was traveling from the US to the driver’s home country of Mexico. Drug dogs alerted to a hidden floor compartment which revealed the drugs and cash contraband. The department notes that their primary directive is anti-terrorism but increased surveillance has the added effect of stopping smuggling of drugs and money.

http://www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov/newsroom/news_releases/local/04152013_2.xml

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.  Victim of a Texas Customs Seizures? Time is of the essence!

Money Seized, what now? 19 CFR § 162.43, 19 USC § 1606

money seized

What happens to my money once it has been seized?

Once your money is seized, CBP agents must appraise the domestic value of the items. 19 CFR § 162.43, 19 USC § 1606. This means the “ price at which such or similar property is freely offered for sale at the time and place of appraisement, in the same quantity or quantities as seized, and in the ordinary course of trade.” Id. At this point, your property can still be returned if you file a timely Petition and prove your innocent owner and legitimate source defenses.

Once you have lost your rights in the property, either by failing to file a timely petition or by losing your one chance to appeal, Customs may use, sell, or destroy the items. Contraband is generally destroyed. If any of the items are retained by Customs, they must issue notice to you. So, if you don’t want your property being destroyed or put to use by the federal government, it is critical to get your petition right. Filing a Remission of Forfeiture is tricky business. It is full of complicated legal jargon and requires strict compliance with notoriously complex and voluminous federal regulation and bureaucracy. Do not try it yourself, call our experienced attorneys.

The Federal Government regularly seizes millions of dollars from Travelers every year, don’t let them take your money seized without a fight, Nationwide, call our Attorneys at 877-406-6906 for a free consultation or contact us with a private message.

CBP Agents Seized Over $10,000 From Traveler’s Shoes

CBP Agents Seized

She may have diamonds in the soles of her shoes, but a Phoenix man has Benjamin’s in the soles of his shoes. One hundred of them to be exact. In Lukeville Arizona, on April 10, 2013 this Phoenix man was attempting to leave the United States when he was searched. The search revealed $10,744.00 in the solves of his shoes. CBP Agents Seized the money. The man was arrested and will likely be charged federally. Shoes seem to be experiencing a spike in popularity as a hiding place for contraband cash. Other common places include hidden compartments of vehicles, purses, inside clothing, etc. This could mean that agents are now routinely searching shoes at a higher frequency than before, or more people could be attempting to smuggle cash in this way.

http://www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov/newsroom/news_releases/local/04112013.xml

The Federal Government regularly seizes millions of dollars from Travelers every year, don’t let them take your money without a fight, Nationwide, call our Attorneys at 877-406-6906 for a free consultation or contact us with a private message.

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!

NASHVILLE, TN Money Seizure: $63,689.00 Seized/ $58,600.00 Returned

NASHVILLE, TN Money Seizure

NASHVILLE, TN Money Seizure: $63,689.00  Seized/ $58,600.00 Returned

In December of 2012, a client in Nashville, TN, traveling on business from Ghana to the United States, had his money seized by the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol. The client had $63,689.00 that he was carrying in cash seized by Customs. Due to the unstable and unsafe banking options in the country of Ghana, the client was carrying the money on his person into the United States, when he encountered Border Patrol Agents at the Nashville International Airport.

Although our client was experienced with US Customs and Border Patrol, and was aware of the declaration law, a simple mistake in his forms resulted in an immediate seizure of his money. This case is great example of how even when there is a mistake the experienced and successful attorneys at our firm are able to get your money back, and iron out a potentially huge business loss.

Besides the personal stress of the seizure process, the loss of money for his business had an immediate and troubling impact. The good news is that by contacting our firm, he was able to rest easy knowing he was in the able hands of professionals dedicated to get the results he needed.

In only four months our client received $58,600.00 of his money back, a swift turnover, and financial victory, achieved with the assistance of our educated and professional attorneys. This helped to stabilize his business that he worked so hard to build. If you have had your money seized, our attorneys can help you. Whether it was a mistake or a failure to declare, our attorneys can help you get your money back. It’s important to act quickly and contact us for a free consultation at 877-406-6906 or you can contact us with a private message.

 

HOUSTON, TX Money Seizure: $16,182.00 Seized/ $15,182.00 Returned

December 2012 was a busy season for travel, both for business and as part of the holidays. One of our clients was returning from work in Jordan, to his home in Houston, Texas, through the George Bush International Airport, unfortunately our client did not properly declare the money he carrying with him, and as a result the United States Customs and Border Patrol seized all of his cash.

The amount of cash our client was carrying was $16,182.00. He was carrying this money both to fund his travels, and to bring as gifts to the relatives he was visiting with for the Holiday season.

US Customs law and procedure can be complex and difficult to understand, and many of our clients have come to us as a result of the money seizure they suffered due to simple mistakes, or lack of declaring. If this has happened to you, a friend or family member, contact our attorneys now for a free consultation at 877-406-6906, or you can contact us with a private message.

HOUSTON, TX Money Seizure: $16,182.00 Seized/ $15,182.00 Returned

As a result of the hard work of our experienced and dedicated attorneys, our client saw a return of $15,182.00, in only three and half months. This impressive return of our clients cash is a wonderful example of how having the right attorneys fighting for you will insure success, and peace of mind. Our client was able to deliver his family gifts and maintain his professional and personal travel funds. To learn more about how our attorneys can help you call us now for your free consultation at 877-406-6906, or you can contact us with a private message.

Laredo Port of Entry Customs Seizure

In one of the largest customs seizure cases in recent history, $460,000 was seized from a 31 year old man on February 1, 2013. The cash was hidden in various parts of the vehicle, a 2002 Dodge Ram.

Though it is rare for a person to be charged criminally for failure to disclose, here it seems pretty likely that this young man will be prosecuted. While this sort of cash smuggling seems egregious on its face, it is possible he will be able to prove a legitimate source and the intended use of the cash, and be able to explain why the monies where hidden throughout his vehicle. In this case he should be entitled to its return, minus costs and fees, but he is going to need a good attorney.

See: http://www.laredosun.us/notas.asp?id=25116

Victim of a Laredo Port of Entry Customs Seizure?

We have expert attorneys who practice throughout the US and who are dedicated to serving you, 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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