United States of America v. $69,870.00 In United States Currency (JOINT ASSIGN)(MAG2)
DECREE OF FORFEITURE: it is hereby ORDERED, ADJUDGED and DECREED as follows: The 24 motion is granted, and the Dft currency is hereby forfeited to the United States to be disposed of according to law, and no right, title or interest in the Dft c urrency shall exist in any other party: $69,870.00 in United States currency; Each party will bear its own costs; DIRECTING the clerk to enter this document on the civil docket as a final judgment pursuant to Rule 58 FRCP; This case is closed. Signed by Honorable Judge Myron H. Thompson on 5/10/2018. (furn: calendar, ag) (term: PTC for 10/11/2018; Non-Jury Trial for 11/19/2018) (Attachments: # 1 Civil Appeals Checklist) (wcl, )
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE MIDDLE DISTRICT OF ALABAMA
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,
$69,870.00 IN UNITED STATES
CIVIL ACTION NO. 2:17-cv-317-MHT
DECREE OF FORFEITURE
Before the Court is the United States of America’s (“United States”) Motion for Decree of
On May 16, 2017, the United States filed a civil forfeiture action alleging forfeiture
pursuant to 18 U.S.C. §§ 981(a)(1)(C) and 2323(a)(1)(C) because the Defendant currency
constitutes or is derived from proceeds traceable to a violation of 18 U.S.C. § 2320 (trafficking in
counterfeit goods or services). (Doc. #1).
Process was fully issued in this action and returned according to law:
On May 20, 2017, Attorney Samuel Rael was served via certified mail with copies of the
Verified Complaint for Forfeiture In Rem, Notice of Arrest and Seizure, and Warrant of Arrest In
Rem (Doc. #5);
Notice of Civil Forfeiture was posted on an official government internet site
(www.forfeiture.gov) for at least 30 consecutive days, beginning on May 19, 2017, and ending on
June 17, 2017, as required by Rule G(4)(a)(iv)(C) of the Supplemental Rules for Admiralty or
Maritime Claims and Asset Forfeiture Actions (Doc. #6);
On June 13, 2017, King Baker was served via certified mail with copies of the Verified
Complaint for Forfeiture In Rem, Notice of Arrest and Seizure, and Warrant of Arrest In Rem.
On June 27, 2017, Baker filed his claim to the Defendant currency. (Doc. #8);
On July 17, 2017, Baker filed his Answer to the Verified Complaint. (Doc. #9);
On April 27, 2018, the parties filed a Joint Motion for Voluntary Dismissal of Claim. (Doc.
On April 30, 2018, this Court granted the parties’ Joint Motion for Voluntary Dismissal of
Claim and dismissed Claimant King Baker’s claim to the defendant currency (Doc. #22);
No other claim or answer has been filed on behalf of any other party.
Now, therefore, on motion of the United States for a Decree of Forfeiture (doc. no. 24) and
for good cause otherwise shown, it is hereby ORDERED, ADJUDGED and DECREED as
The motion (doc. no. 24) is granted, and the Defendant currency is hereby forfeited to the
United States to be disposed of according to law, and no right, title or interest in the Defendant
currency shall exist in any other party: $69,870.00 in United States currency.
Each party will bear its own costs.
The clerk of the court is DIRECTED to enter this document on the civil docket as a final
judgment pursuant to Rule 58 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.
This case is closed.
DONE, this the 10th day of May, 2018.
/s/ Myron H. Thompson
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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