Detroit Tunnel Seizure: Local Customs Seizure Triggers National Press

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Detroit Tunnel Seizure:

On Sunday June 9th a Canadian mother named Moura El-Esmar (51) and her daughter Jacinta (16) were found to be smuggling nearly $60,000.00 in their undergarments. The duo was stopped at the tunnel in a vehicle driven by El-Esmar’s boyfriend, another Canadian citizen. Further amounts were located in her purse. Moura El-Esmar alleged that the funds were hidden for safety and to conceal the amount of her wealth from her boyfriend. Despite her allegations that the funds were from a lawful source (disability checks and her paper route), she was charged and will be prosecuted. The two were en route to Lebanon where they planned to visit relatives for approximately 10 weeks.

If this has happened to you or a friend, act nowEven if Customs has seized your money along with drugs or other illegal materials, or if you failed to properly declare your money, there may be a way to recover if you act quickly enough. Of course, you’ll also need an aggressive, fast-acting attorney who knows how to navigate the complex area of customs law.

Victim of a Detroit Tunnel Seizure. 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!

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!

Detroit-Windsor Tunnel Border Seizure: $12,00.00 US seized, $11,000.00 US Returned

Detroit-Windsor Tunnel Border Seizure

Detroit-Windsor Tunnel Border Seizure:

After five and 1/2 months of hard work, one of our customs attorneys recently succeeded in recovering nearly $12,000.00 in seized funds from US Customs and Border Patrol. These funds were seized in Detroit, Michigan, at the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel crossing while the client attempted to enter the USA from Windsor, Canada. While the funds were legitimate, the client misstated the amount of money that he was bringing into the country. Unaware of the strict and complex reporting requirements, the client did not realize the potential damage of such a mistake.

Because of the complexity of the law and process surrounding US Customs policy, this is an easy and all too common mistake, and what makes the situation worse is that many people are unaware that they can often recover these funds. Time is of the essence, however—in most cases, an individual will lose his opportunity to challenge a seizure if he fails to file a petition within 30 days. Additionally, the longer the money remains in the custody of U.S. Customs, the more likely the assets will be completely forfeited to the government. Finally, even with a diligent attorney, the complexity of US customs law often makes for a long recovery process. Given the harsh time constraints and complicated law, many individuals are not aware of their rights, or are unable to adequately fight for those rights. As a result, most of the millions of dollars that Customs seizes annually are forfeited to the US government.

Legal representation is of the utmost importance in this area. If this has happened to you, you need an advocate who knows the way around the complex policies and bureaucracy of Customs, and who can constantly, diligently fight for the recovery of your money before time runs out.

With so much at stake, why risk it? To retain our experienced customs seizures lawyers call 877-406-6906, or contact us with a private message, we practice throughout the US. If this has happened to you, or to a friend or loved one, time is of the essence, Call Now!

Buffalo, NY Seized Cash: $13,00.00 US seized, $12,000.00 US Returned

Buffalo, NY Seized Cash

Recently, after US Customs seized over $13,000.00 from one of our clients, our attorneys succeeded in recovering these funds after five months of hard work. These funds were seized at a Border Port of Entry in Buffalo, New York when a client attempted to enter the United States from Niagara, Canada, with a combination of money and traveler’s checks. While the funds were legitimate, the client was unaware of the detailed reporting requirements to bring such amounts of money into the country.

Unfortunately, Customs policies are confusing and such mistakes are quite common. So what types of currency CAN you bring in or out of the country without declaring it? To start, traveler’s checks, foreign currency equaling the amount of $10,000.00 USD, and endorsed checks all count—they must be reported. If you’re looking for a more in-depth listing, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Department has put forth a helpful list, available here.

The most interesting exception is that for unendorsed checks. This means if you have not signed the back of the check, you can evade reporting requirements. The list also contains some noteworthy terms that a common traveler might not be familiar with. For example, wondering what a “bill of ladling” is? This is not a common legal term, but it means “a document signed by a carrier (transporter of goods) or the carrier’s representative and issued to a consignor (the shipper of goods) that evidences the receipt of goods for shipment to a designation and person.” Becoming familiar with this list and its terms is important—it’s the best way to ensure that you’ll cross the border with all of your money in tact!

If Customs does seize your money, time is of the essence and it is important to immediately file a petition for relief. The longer the money remains in the custody of U.S. Customs, the more likely that the assets will be forfeited to the government. Customs seizure law is complex, and it is important to have experienced legal representation throughout the process. Most of the currency that is seized will ultimately be forfeited to the government, primarily due to a lack of aggressive recovery efforts. This is an area of the law where an attorney with expertise can prove extremely valuable.

If this has happened to you, a friend, or a loved one, legal representation is crucial. The recovery process is often difficult and complicated, so you need somebody who knows the complicated rules and policies of US Customs law who can fight diligently and effectively for the return of your money.

Customs law is dense, complex, and extremely time-sensitive. Most claims for returned funds cannot be brought more than 30 days after the money has been seized, and the longer the money stays in the custody of Customs, the more likely it will be ultimately forfeited to the US Government, which takes in millions of seized customs dollars annually.

Buffalo, NY Seized Cash?

Don’t let this happen to you. Our experienced customs seizure lawyers are ready to help you recover your money while there’s still time. We practice throughout the US– call us now! We’re available by phone at 877-406-6906, or you can contact us with a private message.

Pembina, ND money seized: $18,376.80 US seized, $17,376.80 US Returned

Pembina, ND money seized

This week after 7 ½ months of hard work, we were finally able to see the return of $18,000.00 Dollars for a Customs Seizure client of ours who had $19,000.00 in Canadian dollars seized at a Border Port of Entry in North Dakota.

This is a great result, because seizures being handled by the Pembina, North Dakota office are usually some of the hardest in the nation. The Pembina ND office of the US Customs and Border Patrol covers 32 different ports of entry and 12,000 miles of the US border. Yearly 5,000 + cases from these ports are handled in the central office at Pembina by a single forfeiture officer and her small staff.

Because of the shear volume of seizures in this jurisdiction, the border patrol agents have an unusual discretionary power for these ports, and are able to return seized money right at the time of seizure if the circumstances warrant it, minus a penalty of course. This means that if your funds have been outright seized in this jurisdiction you already have an uphill battle to get anything back, as the US Customs has marked your case for total forfeiture, and they feel you do not warrant the return of your money.

In other words, one public official has already determined that the government has a good case to keep your funds permanently.  If this is you, you really need an attorney. In our most recent win keep in mind Customs kept our client’s money tied up for nearly eight months even with an attorney, and constant advocacy and argument. You can imagine what might have happened if he had not had an advocate who knows the way around the policies and bureaucracy of Customs work on his side.

With so much at stake, why risk it? To retain our experienced customs seizures lawyers call 877-406-6906, or contact us with a private message, we practice throughout the US.

If this has happened to you, or to a friend or loved one, time is of the essence, Call Now!

Time is of the essence in currency seizure cases and it is important to immediately file a petition for relief. The longer the money remains in the custody of U.S. Customs, the more likely that the assets will be forfeited to the government. Customs seizure law is complex, and it is important to have experienced legal representation throughout the process. Most of the currency that is seized will ultimately be forfeited to the government, primarily due to a lack of aggressive recovery efforts. This is an area of the law where an attorney with expertise can prove extremely valuable.

If your cash or property was seized by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection and you fail to act in a timely manner, then you will automatically lose. In most cases you must file a petition within 30 days of the seizure notice.

Pembina, ND money seized?

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

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