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United States v. Approximately $24

February 20, 2009

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, PLAINTIFF,
v.
APPROXIMATELY $24,546.25 IN U.S. CURRENCY SEIZED FROM FARMERS AND MERCHANTS BANK OF CENTRAL CALIFORNIA ACCOUNT #547155701, HELD IN THE NAME OF STEVEN WALTER BUTTS AND KAREN JEAN FREYLING;
APPROXIMATELY $939.73 IN U.S. CURRENCY SEIZED FROM FARMERS AND MERCHANTS BANK OF CENTRAL CALIFORNIA ACCOUNT #06-576079-01, HELD IN THE NAME OF STEVEN WALTER BUTTS, DBA BUTTS DVD WHOLESALE;
APPROXIMATELY $194.65 IN U.S. CURRENCY SEIZED FROM GOLDEN 1 CREDIT UNION ACCOUNT #899973, HELD IN THE NAME OF STEVEN WALTER BUTTS;
APPROXIMATELY $91.41 IN U.S. CURRENCY SEIZED FROM FARMERS AND MERCHANTS BANK OF CENTRAL CALIFORNIA ACCOUNT #657155719, HELD IN THE NAME OF STEVEN WALTER BUTTS;
2002 CHRYSLER PT CRUISER, VIN: 3C4FY48BX2T295646, LICENSE NUMBER: 5PGG304; 1998 CHEVROLET TRUCK, VIN: 1GCEC19R5WE149357, LICENSE NUMBER: 5R67668; 2004 CHEVROLET TAHOE, VIN: 1GNEC13T24R292963, LICENSE NUMBER: 5ZUD095; AND, THIRTY-FIVE (35) ITEMS OF MISCELLANEOUS ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED IN EXHIBIT 'A' ATTACHED HERETO AND INCORPORATED HEREIN BY REFERENCE, DEFENDANTS.



The opinion of the court was delivered by: Sandra M. Snyder United States Magistrate Judge

APPLICATION AND ORDER FOR PUBLICATION

The United States of America, Plaintiff herein, applies for an order of publication as follows:

1. Rule G(4) of the Supplemental Rules for Admiralty or Maritime Claims and Asset Forfeiture Actions (hereafter "Supplemental Rules") provides that the Plaintiff shall cause public notice of the action and arrest to be given in a newspaper of general circulation or on the official internet government forfeiture site;

2. Local Rule 83-171, Eastern District of California, provides that the Court shall designate by order the appropriate newspaper or other vehicle for publication;

3. The defendants approximately $24,546.25 in U.S. Currency seized from Farmers and Merchants Bank of Central California Account #547155701, held in the name of Steven Walter Butts and Karen Jean Freyling; approximately $939.73 in U.S. Currency seized from Farmers and Merchants Bank of Central California Account #06-576079-01, held in the name of Steven Walter Butts, dba Butts DVD Wholesale; approximately $194.65 in U.S. Currency seized from Golden 1 Credit Union Account #899973, held in the name of Steven Walter Butts; approximately $91.41 in U.S. Currency seized from Farmers and Merchants Bank of Central California Account #657155719, held in the name of Steven Walter Butts (hereafter collectively "defendant funds"); 2002 Chrysler PT Cruiser, VIN: 3C4FY48BX2T295646, License Number: 5PGG304; 1998 Chevrolet Truck, VIN: 1GCEC19R5WE149357, License Number: 5R67668; and, a 2004 Chevrolet Tahoe, VIN: 1GNEC13T24R292963, License Number: 5ZUD095 (hereafter collectively "defendant vehicles"); and, thirty-five (35) items of miscellaneous electronic equipment (hereafter "defendant electronic equipment") were seized in the city of Turlock, in Stanislaus County, California. The Federal Bureau of Investigation ("FBI") published notice of the non-judicial forfeiture of the defendant vehicles on November 7, 14, and 21, 2008, in the Wall Street Journal. The United States Postal Inspection Service ("USPIS") published notice of the non-judicial forfeiture of the defendant funds and defendant electronic equipment on December 11, 18, and 25, 2008, in the Wall Street Journal.

4. Plaintiff proposes that publication be made as follows:

a. One publication;

b. Thirty (30) consecutive days;

c. On the official internet government forfeiture site www.forfeiture.gov;

d. The publication is to include the following:

(1) The Court and case number of the action;

(2) The date of the arrest/seizure;

(3) The identity and/or description of the property arrested/seized;

(4) The name and address of the attorney for the Plaintiff;

(5) A statement that claims of persons entitled to possession or claiming an interest pursuant to Supplemental Rule G(5) must be filed with the Court and served on the attorney for the Plaintiff no later than 60 days after the first day of publication on the official internet government forfeiture site; and

(6) A statement that answers to the Complaint or a motion under Rule 12 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure ("Fed. R. Civ. P.") must be filed and served within 20 days after the filing of the claims and, in the absence ...


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