United States of America v. Approximately $745,355.00 in U.S. Currency

Filing 18

STIPULATION and ORDER signed by District Judge Kimberly J. Mueller on 8/11/17, ORDERING that this matter is STAYED until the conclusion of the related criminal case, at which time the parties will advise the Court whether a further stay is necessary. (Kastilahn, A)

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1 4 PHILLIP A. TALBERT United States Attorney KEVIN C. KHASIGIAN Assistant U. S. Attorney 501 I Street, Suite 10-100 Sacramento, CA 95814 Telephone: (916) 554-2700 5 Attorneys for the United States 2 3 6 7 8 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 9 EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 10 11 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, 12 13 14 2:17-CV-01102-KJM-DB Plaintiff, STIPULATION TO STAY FURTHER PROCEEDINGS AND ORDER v. APPROXIMATELY $745,355.00 IN U.S. CURRENCY, 15 Defendant. 16 17 18 The United States and Claimant Jamie Richardson (the “claimant”) hereby stipulate that a stay is 19 necessary in the above-entitled action, and request that the Court enter an order staying all further 20 proceedings until the resolution of the related criminal case against Jaime Richardson regarding drug 21 trafficking. 22 1. The claimant has filed a claim in this in rem forfeiture action, asserting an ownership and 23 possessory interest in, and the right to exercise dominion and control over, all of the defendant 24 Approximately $745,355.00 in U.S. Currency (“defendant currency”). ECF No. 12. 25 2. The stay is requested pursuant to 18 U.S.C. §§ 981(g)(1), 981(g)(2), and 21 U.S.C. § 26 881(i). The United States contends that the defendant currency constitutes money furnished and intended 27 to be furnished in exchange for a controlled substance or listed chemical, constituted proceeds traceable 28 to such an exchange and was used and intended to be used to commit or facilitate a violation of 21 U.S.C. 1 Stipulation to Stay Further Proceedings and Order 1 §§ 841 et seq. Claimant denies these allegations. 2 3. To date, several individuals have been charged with federal crimes related to marijuana 3 manufacturing and distribution in United States. v. Jamie Richardson, et al., 2:17-CR-00044-KJM. It is 4 the United States’ position that the statute of limitations has not expired on potential criminal charges 5 relating to the drug trafficking involving the defendant currency. Nevertheless, the United States intends 6 to depose the claimant regarding his claim of ownership of the defendant currency, as well as his 7 knowledge of drug trafficking. If discovery proceeds at this time, claimant will be placed in the difficult 8 position of either invoking his Fifth Amendment rights against self-incrimination and losing the ability to 9 pursue his claim to the defendant currency, or waiving his Fifth Amendment right and submitting to a 10 deposition and potentially incriminating himself. If he invokes his Fifth Amendment right, the United 11 States will be deprived of the ability to explore the factual basis for the claim he filed with this court. 12 4. In addition, claimant intends to depose, among others, the agents involved with this 13 investigation, including but not limited to, the agents with the Drug Enforcement Administration. 14 Allowing depositions of the law enforcement officers at this time would adversely impact the federal 15 prosecution. 16 5. The parties recognize that proceeding with these actions at this time has potential adverse 17 effects on the investigation of the underlying criminal conduct and/or upon the claimant’s ability to assert 18 any defenses to forfeiture. For these reasons, the parties jointly request that these matters be stayed until 19 the conclusion of the related criminal case. At that time the parties will advise the court of the status of 20 the criminal investigation, if any, and will advise the court whether a further stay is necessary. 21 Dated: 8/3/17 22 23 24 PHILLIP A. TALBERT United States Attorney By: /s/ Kevin C. Khasigian KEVIN C. KHASIGIAN Assistant U.S. Attorney 25 26 Dated: 8/7/17 27 28 /s/ Johnny L. Griffin, III JOHNNY L. GRIFFIN, III Attorney for Claimant Jamie Richardson (Authorized by email) 2 Stipulation to Stay Further Proceedings and Order ORDER 1 2 For the reasons set forth above, this matter is stayed pursuant to 18 U.S.C. §§ 981(g)(1), 3 981(g)(2), and 21 U.S.C. § 881(i) until the conclusion of the related criminal case, at which time the 4 parties will advise the Court whether a further stay is necessary. 5 IT IS SO ORDERED. 6 DATED: August 11, 2017. 7 8 UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 3 Stipulation to Stay Further Proceedings and Order

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