United States of America v. Lane

Filing 12

ORDER granting 10 Motion for Default Judgment authorized by Judge Robert J. Bryan. (TC)

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The Honorable Robert J. Bryan UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT WESTERN DISTRICT OF WASHINGTON AT TACOMA UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Plaintiff, v. NO. 3:17-cv-05388-RJB ORDER GRANTING MOTION FOR DEFAULT JUDGMENT CHARLES W. LANE, Defendant. This matter comes before the Court on Plaintiff United States of America’s Motion for Default Judgment, pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 55(b)(1). The United States filed its Complaint on May 22, 2017, alleging that Defendant Charles W. Lane (Mr. Lane) received Social Security Disability benefits during months in which he was ineligible for such benefits, because he worked or was engaged in “substantial gainful activity,” which constituted overpayments of $50,853.30 through December 23, 2016, from Social Security to Mr. Lane. Dkt. no. 1. The United States served Mr. Lane with the Summons and Complaint on June 11, 2017. Dkt. no. 5. Mr. Lane has not appeared, filed an Answer, or otherwise defended against the USA v. Charles W. Lane, Court No. 3:17-cv-05388-RJB Complaint. Upon the motion of the United States, the Court entered Mr. Lane’s Amended Default on August 1, 2017. Dkt. no. 9. Upon review of the United States’ Motion for Default Judgment, including the Declaration of Dawn Fernandez and the Certificate of Indebtedness attached as Exhibit A, the Court finds that the United States has established all the requirements for entry of a default judgment by the Clerk in a sum certain. See Fed. R. Civ. P. 55(b)(1). Accordingly, the Court hereby grants the United States’ Motion for Default Judgment and enters Judgment in favor of the United States and against Mr. Lane, in the amount of $50,853.30 through December 23, 2016, with statutory post-judgment interest to accrue on and after the judgment date. DATED this 3rd day of August, 2017. United States District Court By: USA v. Charles W. Lane, Court No. 3:17-cv-05388-RJB ______________________________________ _____________________________ _ Deputy Clerk puty

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