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United States v. Lankford

United States District Court, Ninth Circuit

November 18, 2013

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Plaintiff,
v.
JAMES LEE LANKFORD, Defendant.

BENJAMIN B. WAGNER, United States Attorney, CHRISTOPHER D. BAKER, MICHAEL G. TIERNEY, HEATHER MARDEL JONES, Assistant United States Attorneys, Fresno, CA, Attorneys for Plaintiff United States of America.

PRELIMINARY ORDER OF FORFEITURE

ANTHONY ISHII, Senior District Judge.

Based upon the plea agreement (Doc. 112) and the Stipulation and Application for Preliminary Order of Forfeiture (filed herewith) entered into between plaintiff United States of America and defendant James Lee Lankford, it is hereby ORDERED as follows:

1. Under 18 U.S.C. § 982(a)(2), 28 U.S.C. § 2461(c), and Fed. R. Crim. P. 32.2(b)(1), defendant James Lee Lankford's interest in the following property shall be forfeited to the United States of America, to be disposed of according to law:

a. Real property located at 527 Melrose Street, Modesto, California Stanislaus County, APN: XXX-XXX-XXX, including any right, title, and Interest in the whole of any lot or tract of land any appurtenances or improvements thereon; and
b. Real property located at 762 Bayview Avenue, Pacific Grove, California, Monterey County APN: XXX-XXX-XXX, including any right, title, and interest in the whole of any lot or tract of land any appurtenances or improvements thereon.

2. The above-listed items represent property, real or personal, which constitutes, or is derived from, or is traceable to the proceeds obtained directly or indirectly from the commission of the criminal conduct, scheme, or conspiracy, or any property traceable to such property; or that is used or is intended to be used to facilitate or used commit the criminal conduct, or scheme, or conspiracy; or is involved in or intended to be involved in the criminal conduct, or scheme, or conspiracy; or any property traceable to such property; or is sub res in lieu of such property which cannot otherwise be located upon the exercise of due diligence, has been transferred or sold, or deposited with a third party, has been placed beyond the jurisdiction of the court, has been substantially diminished in value, or has been commingled with other property which cannot be divided without difficulty.

3. Under Rule 32.2(b), the Attorney General (or a designee) shall be authorized to seize the above-listed property. The property shall be seized and held by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

4. a. Under 18 U.S.C. § 982(b)(1) incorporating 21 U.S.C. § 853(n), and Local Rule 171, the United States shall publish notice of the order of forfeiture. Notice of this Order and notice of the Attorney General's (or a designee's) intent to dispose of the property in such manner as the Attorney General may direct shall be posted for at least 30 consecutive days on the official internet government forfeiture site www.forfeiture.gov. The United States may also, to the extent practicable, provide direct written notice to any person known to have alleged an interest in the property that is the subject of the order of forfeiture as a substitute for published notice as to those persons so notified.

b. This notice shall state that any person, other than the defendant, asserting a legal interest in the above-listed property, must file a petition with the Court within sixty (60) days from the first day of publication of the Notice of Forfeiture posted on the official government forfeiture site, or within thirty (30) days from receipt of direct

5. If a petition is timely filed, upon adjudication of all third-party interests, if any, this Court will enter a Final Order of Forfeiture pursuant to 18 U.S.C. § 982(a)(2), 28 U.S.C. § 2461(c), and Fed. R. Crim. P. 32.2(b)(1), in which all interests will be addressed.

IT IS SO ORDERED.


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