Case Results: House returned to our client. One defendant agreed to forfeit the property in a written plea agreement but our client, an innocent property owner with clean hands, did not know that the house was being used as a stash house for drugs and guns. Moreover, title to the property had vested to our client before the start of the criminal conspiracy and therefore the claim made by the government that the house was purchased with tainted funds failed. Attorney Tim Bower Rodriguez recognized the deficiencies with the government argument and filed a petition for adjudication of interest. After several months of litigation with the federal government, the United States Attorney Office agreed to return the property to our client.
Case Results: $55,000.00 and jewelry returned to our client. Federal agents raided a house to arrest one suspect, yet tore up the entire house looking for contraband. Our client, the suspect’s 87-year old uncle, was a Cuban immigrant who had his social security payments direct deposited into a bank and then withdrew the same payment in cash on a monthly basis over a period of decades because he did not trust the banks to keep his money safe. The DEA wrongly assumed that our client’s entire life savings in cash plus his jewelry was drug proceeds and seized it, even though even though it was safely and securely tucked away in his own room nowhere near where the suspect lived within the house. We filed a federal forfeiture claim on our client’s behalf demanding that the federal agents and government return our client’s money and jewelry. The government agreed to return all cash and jewelry seized.
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