The opinion of the court was delivered by: The Honorable John A. Kronstadt United States District Judge
ANDRE BIROTTE JR. United States Attorney ROBERT E. DUGDALE Assistant United States Attorney Chief, Criminal Division STEVEN R. WELK Assistant United States Attorney Chief, Asset Forfeiture Section JENNIFER M. RESNIK Assistant United States Attorney Asset Forfeiture Section (Cal. State Bar # 233634) 1400 United States Courthouse 312 North Spring Street Los Angeles, California 90012 Telephone: (213) 894-6595 Facsimile: (213) 894-7177 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Attorneys for Plaintiff UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
CONSENT JUDGMENT OF FORFEITURE
This action was filed on July 26, 2011. Notice was given and published in accordance with law. Claimants Elizabeth Sardenetas and Misrai Andaya (collectively "Claimants") filed the only claims to the defendants $75,840.05 in U.S. currency (comprised of $63,033.91, $9,368.50 and $3,437.64 seized on or about August 19, 2010 from Bank of America account numbers *****-*8684, *****-*1523 and *****-*1373, respectively, in the name of Sardenetas dba Sardenetas Cosmetics); and $21,000.00 in U.S. currency (collectively the "defendant currency"). 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 Claimants 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:
A. This Court has jurisdiction over this action pursuant to 28 U.S.C. §§ 1345 and 1355 and over the parties hereto.
B. The Complaint for Forfeiture states a claim for relief pursuant to 21 U.S.C. § 881(a)(6).
C. Notice of this action has been given in accordance with law. All potential Claimants to defendants $75,840.05 in U.S. currency and $21,000.00 in U.S. currency other than Claimants 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.
D. The United States of America shall have judgment as to $84,038.91 of the defendant currency, together with all interest earned by the government on $84,038.91 of the defendant currency, and no other person or entity shall have any right, title or interest therein.
E. $12,806.14 of the defendant currency, together with all interest earned by the government on that amount since seizure, shall be paid to Claimants not later than forty-five (45) from the date of the entry of this judgment by electronic transfer directly into the account entitled "Paul L. Gabbert, Client Trust Account." Claimants' counsel agrees to provide appropriate financial institution account information within 10 days of execution of this consent judgment.
F. Claimants hereby release the United States of America, its agencies, agents, and officers, including employees and agents of the United States 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 Claimants, whether pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2465 or otherwise.
G. 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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