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United States v. $13

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE CENTRAL DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA WESTERN DIVISION


August 1, 2010

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, PLAINTIFF,
v.
$13,330.00 IN U.S. CURRENCY, DEFENDANT.

The opinion of the court was delivered by: The Honorable George H. WU United States District Judge

CONSENT JUDGMENT OF FORFEITURE

This action was filed on February 10, 2010. Notice was given and published in accordance with law. Plaintiff and claimants Michael Broman ("Broman") and Ahnee Aguirre ("Aguirre") have reached an agreement that is dispositive of the action. No other statements of interest or answers have been filed, and the time for filing such statements of interest and answers has expired. 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 $13,330.00 in U.S. currency (hereinafter "defendant currency") 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 $9,330.00 of the defendant currency, plus all interest earned by the government on the full amount of the defendant currency, 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. $4,000.00 of the defendant currency, without any interest earned by the government on the amount, shall be paid to Broman and Aguirre and be returned in care of their attorney, Joel A. Thvedt. Said funds shall be forwarded to "Michael Broman and Ahnee Aguirre" in care of their attorney, Joel A. Thvedt, Esq., Bensinger, Ritt, Tai & Thvedt, 65 North Raymond Avenue, Suite 320, Pasadena, California 91103.

5. Broman and Aguirre hereby release 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 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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