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Feds seize $27K from couple at PHL-Filed no charges - And will NEVER have to return their money!


So what if the couple just didn't understand the forms? What if they can explain where the money came from? (NOT THAT THEY SHOULD HAVE TO IF THEY WERE TRAVELING LEGALLY)What if this was their entire life savings? Will the feds give it back? The answer is shocking. No they will not, nor are they required to. It does not matter the reason, if you fail to properly report the cash when entering the US the money then belongs to Uncle Sam. End of story. No recourse.

How do you like that the Feds called it a humanitarian act to allow the nice couple to keep $500 of their own money? Would not the humanitarian thing to do be to HELP them fill out the form properly once the cash is presented?

Welcome to the United States!Land of the free indeed!

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well that sucks

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No matter what they say. It's theft. Big money too.

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection collects over $30 billion annually, making it the second largest revenue generator for the nation’s government, according to a release. Officers conduct regular inspections of international passengers and cargo to search for terrorist weapons, narcotics, counterfeit merchandise, banned agriculture and unreported currency.
Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/news/Feds_seize_27K_from_couple...

they don't have btc in Ghana?

The sad thing is they almost certainly under reported because the standard is corruption in African governments. What they expected was report more and get held up for more.

Here we're far more corrupt but more sophisticated. They were faced with a new predator and had to guess how to jump.

They guessed wrong and jumped right into the jaws of the hyena.

#1 gov't lie of the day

"CBP derives no great pleasure from seizing travelers’ currency."

Yeah, right.

"It is well enough that people of the nation do not understand our banking and monetary system, for if they did, I believe there would be a rEVOLution before tomorrow morning." - Henry Ford

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Currently no recourse

There will be recourse.

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Happens frequently in the State of Tennessee

"It appears that anyone visiting Tennessee this summer should leave their cash at home. A New Jersey man has encountered an outrageous policy among police in that state to seize large amounts of cash from out-of-state visitors without any probable cause of a crime. The practice brings a new meaning to “highway robbery.”

A professional insurance adjuster, George Reby, was traveling through the state from New Jersey when he was stopped and asked by Officer Larry Bates if he had large amounts of cash. He said that he did — $22,000. The officer demanded the money and said that he was confiscating the money on suspicion of drug activity. That is it. The mere fact that he was carrying a large amount of cash was enough under this policy to seize the money. The police know that many out-of-state travelers never come back for the cash and they are then allowed to keep the money for their own uses at the department."


I've read elsewhere

that since it costs about $30,000 to challenge such a seizure
(by the Feds) that they can do it pretty much with impunity.

Most people don't have the means to fight, and those that do
won't bother if it means they are losing (even more) money
by doing so.

Those who are still Reagan fans might bear in mind that this
shit (and much else) basically dates from his administration.

The original RICO law that authorized seizing the assets of
convicted criminals was adopted in 1970 - but in 1984 they
removed the requirement that you had to be convicted of something
to have property seized and it's been all downhill from there.

Now, the DOJ rakes in a billion dollars a year and Treasury over
half a billion...