United States of America v. $91,110.00 in United States Currency
ORDER approving ECF No. 41 Settlement Agreement. Signed by Judge Larry R. Hicks on 12/21/2016. (Copies have been distributed pursuant to the NEF - KR)
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DAN IEL G. BOGDEN
United Stales Attorney
Nevada State Bar No. 2 137
MJCII/\ EI. A. II UM PIJREYS
Ass is1a111 Un ited States Allorncy
50 I Las V1.:gas Bou k n ircl South, Su it1..: I I 00
Las Vegas, Nevada 89 10 I
Telephone: (702) 388-6336
facsi mil e: (702) 388-6787
Counsel for United States
UN ITED STAT ES DJSTRICT COURT
DISTRICT OF NEVADA
UN ITED STATES OF AMERICA.
15 $9 J, I IO IN UN ITli D ST/\ TES
2: 12-CV- 111 2-LRll -(C'W ll )
) Settlement Agrec1ncn1 for Enuy or Judgment
) or Forfoiturc as to Linda Pitts As Duly
) Aulhoriz.ecl Representative of T he Estate or
) Noel I Icard ,ind Order
The United Swtcs of America and l,inda Pitts, as the du ly authorized n.:prcscntativc
the Estate of Noel l leard, and her counsel, Gabriel L. Grasso, agree as fo llows:
This case is a civil lorlciturc m:tion seeking to forfeit $9 1, 11 0 u11dcr T itl e 2 1,
2 1 U11itcd Stat<.:s Code, Sect ion 88 1(a)(6).
$9 1, 11 0.
Linda Pitts know ingly and voluntarily agrees to the civil j udicial fo rfei ture of the
Linda Pitts knowingly and vo luntarily agrees to forfe it the $9 1, 110 to the United
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interest in the £9 1, 110.
Linda Pitts knowingly nncl voluntarily agrees to relinquish all right, title, and
Linda Pitts know ingly and voluntarily agn;cs lo w;ii ve her right lO any civil judicial
fi1rl'eiturc proceedi ngs (proceedings) com:crning th<.: $9 1, 11 0.
Linda Pitts knowingly and vo luntarily agrees to waive service of process or any and
ni l documents fi led in thi s action or ,my proceedings concerning the $9 I, 11 0 arlsing from the
ra<.: ts and circumstances ol' this case.
Linda Pitts know ingly and voluntari ly agrees to wa ive any further notice to her. her
9 agent, or her allnrneys regarding the forfe iture and disposi ti on o f' the $9 1, 110.
Linda Pi tts knowingly and voluntarily t1grces not to li le any claim, answer, petition,
or other documents in any proceedings concerning the $9 1, 110.
Linda Pills know ingly and voluntarily agn:es to withdraw any claims, answers,
counte n.: laims, petitions. or other documents she fil ed in any proceedings concerning the
$9 1, 11 0.
I 0. Linda Pills knowingly and voluntarily agrees to wa ive the statute or limitations. the
16 C'/\f-'RA requin.:rncnts, Supplemental Rules f'or Admiralty ur Mc1 ritimc Claims nml Asset
Forfeiture Actions A, C, E. and G, 18 U.S.C'. ~ 983 , the constitutiona l requirements, uncl the
18 conslitutionul due prot:css rcquirt!mcnts o f' any forfei ture proceedings concerning the $9 1,110.
11. Linda Pills knowingly and voluntarily agrees to wa ivt: her right to a tri;il on the
f'orfeiturc o l' the $9 1, 110.
12. Linda Pills knowingly and voluntnrily agrees to waive (a) all constitutional. legal,
and cquitabh.: defenses to, (b) any constitutional or statutory double jeopard y clcf'cnsc or claim
concerning, and (c) any claim or defe nse under the Eighth Arncndmcnl to the United States
24 Constitt1tion, including, but not li1ni tecl to, any claim or defense or excessive tines o r cruel and
unusunl punishments in any proceedings concerning the $9 1, 11 0.
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13. Linda Pitts knowingly and voluntarily agrees to tht: entry of a Judgment of'
Forl'i:iturc ol' the $9 1, 11 0 to the United States.
1--1. Linda Pill s knowingly and voluntaril y agrees to the conditions set J'orlh in this
Sct1k111c11l Agreement ror Entry o f' Judgment o l' Forlciturc as to Linda Pitts as chd y authori ;t.ccl
5 rcpresentativ<.: of The Estal<.: of Noel I Icard and Order (Settlement Agreement).
15. Linda Pills krl(lwingly and voluntnrily agn:cs to hold harmless the United Slates, the
United States Dcpartm<::nt o r .Justice, the United States Attorney's Onicc for the District of
Nevada , the Drug Enlq rccmcnt AcJministrntion, the T ransportation Security Administration,
I lorrn:land Scx:urity In vestigations, the Unit ed Stales Dcparlrncnt
or I lomcland Security, the Las
Vegas Mi:tropolitan Police Department, tht.: Nt.:vnda I lighway Patrol, the l lcndcrson Police
Dcparltm:nt , their agcncii:s, thei r agents, and their empl oyees from any claim made by Linda
Pitts or any third pnrly arising nut of the fa cts nnd circumstances or this case.
l 6. I,inda Pitts knowingly and voluntc1rily rt:leascs and forcvl.!r discharges the Uni ted
States, the United States Department 01' Justice, the United Stales Atlornt:y's OJ'licc for the
District of' Nevnda, the Drng Enforcement Adminislralion, the T ransporlaLion Security
Administration, l lomcland Security Investigations, the United States Department or I lomcland
17 Security, the Las Vi.:gas Metropolitan Police Department , the Nevada I lighway PnlroL the
I lcnclcrsnn Police Department, their agcncics, their agents, and their c mployl.!cS from any and al l
claims, rights, or causes or action o f' any kind that Linda Pills now has or may hcrea rtcr have on
account o r, or in any way growing m1t ol', the seizures and the forfei tures of the property in the
21 civil judicial forfeit ure.
17. Linda Pills knowingly and vollmtarily acknowlcclges, understands, and agrees that
(a) she will fill out the Department o f'thc United States T reasury Automated Clearing House
(ACH) form on behalf o f Noel Heard and will be using his personal information 10 complete the
l'orm; (b) federal law requires the Department o J'thc United Slates Treasury and other di sbursing
26 o nici11ls tu o!Tscl federal pc1yments lo collect delinquent tax and non-tux debts owed lo the
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United Slatl!s and to indi vidual states (int:!ucling past-due child support); (e) i!'a11 offsl!t occurs to
the payment to be mnclc on bdrnlf ofNoel Hcnrcl pursLiant to this ngn:cmcnt, she will receive a
3 noti f'i cation from the Dcpm1111c11t or the United States Trensury nt the last .icldrcss provided by
her to the governmental ,,gency or cntity to whom the () !Tset payment is mack ; (d) ir she he!ie,·cs
5 the paymen t may be suhj cd to an offset, she may contact the Treasury Department al 1-800-304(>
3 107; (e) the terms of thi s selllcment do nnl ,1 1fcct the tax obligations lines, penalt ies, or any
other rnonctnry obligations owed
delivered lo Gabrid L. Grasso, on bd1a lf' o!" Noel I Icard, may well be a lesser sum, if'thc
Tn:asury Offset Program reduces the amount in satisfaction of'a debt obl igation .
the United Stal!Js or an indi vidual state; nnd (I') the exact sum
18. /\f'lcr the property is rorf'cited in the civi l casc and the United Stutc.:s Distl'i1.: t C'nurt
11 has signed the Sc.:lllcment Agreement concurning the property, wi thin a practicable time
12 thercaf'tcr for the United Stntcs, the United States agrec.:s to relcusc to Linda Pitts as the duly
13 authori zud rcpresl.!nlntive or The Estate of' Nod Heard one payment
or $27,333 less any debt
14 owed to the Unitl.!d States, any agency or the United States, or any debt in which the Uni ted
States is authorized to cnll eel, through Gnbriel L. Grasso. Linda Pitts as the duly authori;,.cd
rl!prcscntati vc of'Thc Estnte of Noel IIcard knowingly and voluntarily agrees to fill ou t the ACl-:I
form accurately a11d correctly regarding Nod I learcl and submit it to the United States Attorney's
18 Ortice so that the payment of the moncy can be disbursed by electronic !"und transfer. Linda Pills
as the duly authorized representati ve of'The Estate of Noel I leard knowingly and voluntarily
20 agrees the S27,333 may be offset by c1ny debt owed
the United Statl:S, nny agency of the
21 United Stal es, or any debt in whid1 the.: United States is authorizc.:cl to coll c.:ct.
19. Each party ncknowlcdgcs and warrants that its execution of' the Settlement
Agreement is free and is voluntary.
20. The Settlement Agreement contains the entire agreement between the parties.
2 1. Except as expressly stated in the Settlement Agreement, no party, orficcr, agent,
employee, rcpresc.:ntativc.:, or altorney has made any statement or representation to any other
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pnrty, person, or entity regarding any rael relied upon in entering into the Settlement Agreement.
parly, officer, agent, employee, n.:prcscntativc, or attorney n:lies on such statement or
3 rcprcscnliltion in cxceuting the Sculcmcnl Agreement.
22. The pcrsons signing the Scttle1ncnt J\grccme11t \\'arrant and rtp rcsc111 that they have
fu ll authority to cxccLtte the Settlcmcnl Agreement and to bind the persons and/or entities, nn
6 whose bclrnl f' thcy an; signing, to the terms of' lhe Scttlcmenl Agreement.
23. Thi s Scttlemcnl /\grcement slwll bu construed and interprclccl according to federal
forfeiture lnw and li.:dcrnl common law. 'f'hcjl1riscliction rind the venue l'or any dispute related
to, and/or arising l'rom, this Settl ement Agreement is the unorlicial Southern Division ol' lhc
United Slal\!s Di strict Court ll>r tlw Distrii.;t of' Nevada, located in Las Vl!gas, Nevada .
24. Euch party shall bear her or its ow n attorneys ' r~cs, expenses, costs, and interest.
25. T his Settlement Agreement shall not be construed more strictly against one party
13 thun 11gainst the other merely by virlu<.: of' the fact that it may have been prepa red primarily by
couns<.:I for one
orthe parties; it bei ng recognized that both parties have contributed substant ially
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IT IS HEREBY Cl~
RTIF I l~D, pmsuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2465(a)(2), that there wus
2 reasonab le cause fo r the seizure and rorfoiture of the $9 1,110.
D/\Tl~ - - - - - - - D:
5 G/\13 Rl ~L L. GRASSO, P.C.
0/\BRI EL L. (i lV \ SSO
8 Co unsel !hr Linda Pills as the duly
authorized representat ive for The Estate of
9 Noe l I leard
/\EI. A. 1IUMPHR EYS
Ass istant United Slates Allorncy
IT IS SO OHD ERED:
DATED this 21st day of December, 2016
UN ITED ST/\TES DISTRICT JUDGE
LARRY R. HICKS
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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