United States of America v. The Contents of National City Bank
ORDER OF FORFEITURE, Plf's 29 Motion for Entry of Order of Forfeiture is granted as set out. $38,000.00 of the Dft $50,000.00 is forfeited to USA for disposition as set out, & the remaining $12,000.00 is to be returned to Abro Industries, Inc., as set out. Plf & Abro are to bear their own costs. Signed by Judge Callie V. S. Granade on 8/7/2012. (tot)
THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF ALABAMA
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,
An Amount of Funds up to
but not to exceed $50,000.00,
etc., et al.,1
CIVIL NO. 10-00552-CG-B
ORDER OF FORFEITURE
This matter is before the Court on plaintiff’s Motion for Entry of Order
of Forfeiture (Doc. 29). For cause shown, the Motion is granted.
On August 12, 2011, a redacted complaint for forfeiture in rem was
filed on behalf of the United States against the defendant, $50,000.00, more
or less, in U.S. Currency, alleging it was subject to forfeiture pursuant to 18
U.S.C. § 981(a)(1)(A), as property involved in money laundering transactions
or attempted money laundering transactions, in violation of 18 U.S.C. §§
1956 or 1957, or any property traceable thereto; and/or Title 21 U.S.C. §
881(a)(6), as moneys or other things of value furnished or intended to be
furnished by any person in exchange for a controlled substance and all
proceeds traceable to such an exchange, or moneys intended to be used to
The defendant $50,000.00 was seized from National City Bank xxxxxxx3320,
in the name of Abro Industries, Inc., d/b/a United Export Corporation.
facilitate any violation of the Title 21 of the United States Code or property
As set forth in plaintiff’s motion and exhibit, on August 12, 2011, the
plaintiff sent a copy of the redacted Complaint and Notice to the known
potential claimant Abro Industries, Inc., (“Abro”) through its attorney,
notifying it of its right to file a claim in this Court within thirty five (35) days
of the date that said notice was sent and file a motion or answer within 21
days thereafter, in accordance with Supplemental Rule G(4)(b)(ii)(B) and (C).
Abro filed a claim and then an answer, which it subsequently agreed to settle
with plaintiff pursuant to the terms set forth in the Release and Settlement
of All Claims and Stipulation and Consent to Entry of Order of Forfeiture
(“settlement agreement”) filed by the parties on July 25, 2012. (Doc. 28).
Pursuant to the settlement agreement the parties agreed to the disposition of
the defendant $50,000.00 as set forth below, and each agreed to bear its owns
costs in this action.
Notice of this seizure and forfeiture action, of the right of any person
claiming a legal interest in the defendant property to file with the court a
claim within 60 days of the first date of publication and a motion or answer
within 21 days thereafter was published on an official government forfeiture
internet site at www.forfeiture.gov, from September 15 to October 14, 2011,
as authorized by Supplemental Rule G(4)(iv)(C). Accordingly, any putative
claimant who received notice from the internet had to file a claim by
November 14, 2011, and any motion or answer within 21 days thereafter, by
December 5, 2011. Supplemental Rule G(5)(ii)(B). No claims, motions or
answers by unknown potential claimants were filed and the time for filing
same has long since expired.
All identifiable potential claimants have been sent notice. All potential
claimants have had adequate notice and time in which to file a claim, motion,
or an answer. No such unresolved claims, motions, or answers have been filed
and the filing deadlines have expired.
On October 13, 2010, the Internal Revenue Service seized the
defendant $50,000.00 pursuant to a Warrant For Arrest issued by this Court,
which gave the Court in rem jurisdiction over it.
With no claims, motions or answers in opposition to the forfeiture of
said defendant remaining, and there being no remaining issues, final
disposition or this action is appropriate at this time.
NOW, THEREFORE, the Court having considered the matter and
having been fully advised in the premises, it is ORDERED, ADJUDGED,
AND DECREED as follows:
This Court has jurisdiction over the subject matter and the
defendant $50,000.00, more or less, in U.S. Currency, and the complaint
states a claim upon which relief may be granted.
In accordance with the terms of the settlement agreement of the
parties $38,000.00 of the defendant $50,000.00 is forfeited to the plaintiff
United States of America for disposition according to law, pursuant to 18
U.S.C. § 981(a)(1)(A) and 21 U.S.C.§ 881(a)(6) . The remaining $12,000.00 is
ordered to be returned to Abro as soon as practicable c/o James F. Barger, Jr.,
3430 Independence Drive, Suite 40, Birmingham, AL 35209, Attorney Trust
Account f/b/o Claimant Abro Industries, Inc.
The plaintiff and Abro are to bear their own costs.
A separate Judgment will be entered.
This Order and the accompanying Judgment resolving all
matters and issues joined in this action, the Clerk of Court is directed to close
DONE and ORDERED this 7th day of August, 2012.
/s/ Callie V. S. Granade
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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