UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE CENTRAL DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA WESTERN DIVISION
June 15, 2010
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, PLAINTIFF,
$17,505.00 IN U.S. CURRENCY, DEFENDANT.
RICHARD ARNETT, CLAIMANT.
The opinion of the court was delivered by: The Honorable Otis D. Wright II United States District Judge
CONSENT JUDGMENT OF FORFEITURE
This action was filed on April 8, 2010. Notice was given and published in accordance with law. Claimant Richard Arnett ("claimant") filed a verified claim on May 24, 2010. No other statements of interest or answers have been filed, and the time for filing such statements of interest and answers has expired. Plaintiff and claimant have reached an agreement that is dispositive of the action. The parties hereby request that the Court enter this Consent Judgment of Forfeiture.
WHEREFORE, IT IS ORDERED, ADJUDGED AND DECREED:
1. This Court has jurisdiction over the parties and the subject matter of this action.
2. Notice of this action has been given in accordance with law. All potential claimants to the defendant $17,505.00 in U.S. currency ("defendant currency") other than claimant are deemed to have admitted the allegations of the Complaint. The allegations set out in the Complaint are sufficient to establish a basis for forfeiture.
3. The United States of America shall have judgment as to $14,505.00 of the defendant currency, plus all interest earned by the government on that amount, and no other person or entity shall have any right, title or interest therein. The United States Marshals Service is ordered to dispose of said assets in accordance with law.
4. $3,000.00 of the defendant currency, together with all interest earned by the government on that amount since seizure, shall be paid to claimant not later than forty-five (45) days from the date of the entry of this judgment by electronic transfer directly into the account entitled "Paul L. Gabbert, Client Trust Account." Claimant's counsel agrees to provide appropriate financial institution account information within 10 days of execution of this consent judgment.
5. Claimant hereby releases the United States of America, its agencies, agents, and officers, including employees and agents of the Drug Enforcement Administration, from any and all claims, actions or liabilities arising out of or related to this action, including, without limitation, any claim for attorney's fees, costs or interest which may be asserted on behalf of the claimant, whether pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2465 or otherwise.
6. The court finds that there was reasonable cause for the seizure of the defendant currency and institution of these proceedings. This judgment shall be construed as a certificate of reasonable cause pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2465.
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