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United States v. Ojala

United States District Court, E.D. California

December 16, 2019

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Plaintiff,
v.
JOHN CARL OJALA, Defendant. DELAWARE CHARTER GUARANTEE & TRUST COMPANY DBA PRINCIPAL TRUST COMPANY AND PRFNCIPAL LIFE INSURANCE and its Successors and Assignees, Garni shee.

          ORDER ADOPTING FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONS AND FINAL ORDER OF GARNISHMENT (DOC. NO. 8)

         On September 27, 2019, the United States filed an Application for Writ of Garnishment (Retirement Accounts) against defendant and judgment debtor John Carl Ojala's retirement accounts. (Doc. No. 1.) On October 1, 2019, the Clerk issued the Writ of Garnishment (Retirement Accounts). (Doc. No. 3.) On October 7, 2019, the Clerk issued the Clerk's Notice of Instructions to Judgment Debtor. (Doc. No. 5.) The United States served the Writ and related documents on Delaware Charter Guarantee & Trust Company (the "Garnishee") and the judgment debtor. (Doc. Nos. 2, 4.)

         On October 16, 2019, the Garnishee filed its Acknowledgment of Service and Answer of Garnishee stating that the Garnishee has in its custody, control or possession the following property in which the judgment debtor maintains an interest: Qualified Retirement Account -401(k) Plan with an approximate value of $14, 152.53. (Doc. No. 6.) The United States filed a request for findings and recommendations and final order of garnishment on October 30, 2019. (Doc. No. 7.) The United States represented that the judgment debtor still owed a judgment balance of $6, 450.00. (Id. at ¶ 10.) The judgment debtor did not file a claim of exemption to the proposed garnishment, did not object to the Garnishee's answer, did not request a hearing, and did not otherwise object to the United States' garnishment action.

         On November 6, 2019, the assigned magistrate judge issued findings and recommendations, recommending that the United States' request for final order of garnishment be granted. (Doc. No. 8.) Those findings and recommendations were served on the parties and contained notice that any objections thereto were to be filed within fourteen (14) days after service. (Id. at 2; Doc. No. 9.) To date, no objections to the findings and recommendations have been filed, and the deadline to do so has now passed.

         In accordance with 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1)(C), the court has conducted a de novo review of the case. Having carefully reviewed the entire file, the court concludes that the findings and recommendations are supported by the record and by proper analysis.

         Accordingly:

         1. The findings and recommendations issued on November 6, 2019 (Doc. No. 8) are adopted in full;

         2. The United States' request for a final order of garnishment (Doc. No. 7) is granted;

         3. Within fifteen (15) days from the date of this order, Garnishee Delaware Charter Guarantee & Trust Company is directed to pay $8, 031.25 of the funds in the accounts held by the Garnishee in which judgment debtor John Carl Ojala has an interest as follows: $6, 425.00 shall be paid to the Clerk of Court to satisfy the judgment in full and $1, 606.25 shall be withheld for mandatory tax withholdings;[1]

         4. Garnishee shall make the payment in the form of a cashier's check, money order or company draft, made payable to the Clerk of the Court and delivered to the United States District Court, Eastern District of California, 501 I Street, Room 4-200, Sacramento, California 95814. The criminal docket number (1:16-cr-00197-LJO) shall be stated on the payment instrument;

         5. The Court shall retain jurisdiction to resolve matters through ancillary proceedings in the case, if necessary; and

         6. This is a final order of garnishment. Upon payment and processing of the garnished amount, this writ shall be terminated and the Clerk of the Court shall close the case.

         IT IS SO ORDERED.

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