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United States v. Approximately $6

March 20, 2009

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, PLAINTIFF,
v.
APPROXIMATELY $6,085.00 IN U.S. CURRENCY, ET AL., DEFENDANTS.



The opinion of the court was delivered by: John A. Mendez United States District Judge

STATUS REPORT AND STIPULATION TO STAY FURTHER PROCEEDINGS AND ORDER

DATE: N/A

TIME: N/A

COURTROOM:N/A

Plaintiff United States of America, and Claimants Adib Sirope and Rimoun Mansour(hereafter referred to collectively as "Claimants"), by and through their respective counsel, submit the following Joint Status Report and Stipulation for Stay of Further Proceedings and Order [Proposed].

A. THE NATURE OF THE CASE

Plaintiff seeks to forfeit the defendant property under 18 U.S.C. §§ 981(a)(1)(A) and 981(a)(1)(C) on the theory that the defendant property constitutes or is derived from proceeds of a scheme to defraud the California Board of Equalization out of excise taxes due on the sale of tobacco products in California. The plaintiff alleges that the U.S. mail and interstate communications systems were used to perpetrate the fraud. In addition, plaintiff alleges that the smokeless tobacco is contraband and is therefore forfeitable under 18 U.S.C. § 2344(c).

Claimants deny these allegations.

B. PROGRESS IN THE SERVICE OF PROCESS

All known potential claimants have been personally served with the Complaint for Forfeiture In Rem, Notice of Complaint, Application and Order for Publication, and Court Notices.

Claimants have filed claims to the defendant property and an Answer to the complaint.

C. POSSIBLE JOINDER OF ADDITIONAL PARTIES

None.

D. ANY EXPECTED OR DESIRED AMENDMENT ...


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