Skip to comments.The DEA seized her fatherís life savings at an airport without alleging any crime occurred, lawsuit says
Posted on 01/16/2020 9:06:33 PM PST by bkopto
Every dollar Terry Rolin had saved over a lifetime was stacked in a large Tupperware container: $82,373. At 79, he was aging and worried about keeping so much cash on hand, his daughter said, so during one of her visits he asked her to open a joint bank account.
Rebecca Brown was catching a flight home from the Pittsburgh airport early the next day and said she didnt have time to stop at a bank. She confirmed on a government website that its legal to carry any amount of cash on a domestic flight and tucked the money in her carry-on.
But just minutes before departure in late August, a Drug Enforcement Administration agent met her at the busy gate and questioned her about the cash, which showed up on a security scan. He insisted Brown put Rolin on the phone to confirm her story. Brown said Rolin, who is suffering mental decline, was unable to verify some details.
He just handed me the phone and said, Your stories dont match, Brown recalled the agent saying. Were seizing the cash.
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For some obscure reason, the authorities don't "go after" people crossing state borders carrying/wearing valuables - but they hate cash!
"... when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security."
The old-timer thought the $USD in cash was somehow a store of value.
If he saved it for decades, his purchasing power certainly declined significantly.
Soon, Cash will be completely illegal. First they will demand that everyone use credit / debit cards or smart phones for all purchases. Then after a few years of that, getting people used to it,they will require that everyone be ‘chipped’ to do any sort of buying and selling.
Now, I’m not a particularly religious person, but it seems like someone predicted this long before I did.
Try to purchase anything using over $10k in cash and see what happens. Multiple payments of $9990 in cash will get you busted for money laundering too unless there’s a judge in the family. Ask Beto,he knows.
You should read the article
“He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.”
Daughter should have gone to the bank first. Hopefully he will get his money back. But what if someone else had robbed her, she would be just as screwed, or maybe even more so.
Facial recognition technology made “chipping” an obsolete idea about ten years ago.
They do not want us to use cash which is why I still do for some transactions...we all should for as long as possible to prevent them or make it more difficult for them to do away with cash!
Once they do just easier for them to steal it by shutting down all the ATMs or banks as needed to steal your money as they please!
Places here in LA are only accepting cash.
when I go to buy a donut for breakfast...I have to pull out my credit cards. I do buy a coffee....but still!
it is becoming very common in the last year.
Actually reading the article is so time consuming ;)
Stupid, comes to mind
is it illegal to carry over $10k on person in a flight?
if the DEA can confiscate money because a story does not always check out 100%, then cash is seemingly no longer fungible and can be confiscated by random agencies for random unfounded allegations.
OTOH the daughter put herself at some risk in several ways. For example, a local adult protective services agency might claim elderly abuse.
Paywall prevents me from seeing the whole story.
At first, I thought I’d be reading about a bad daughter who was caught trying to steal her dad’s life savings. I don’t think that’s the circumstance here. She could have ended up like actress Janet Leigh did in movie Psycho. Poetic justice.
I would never try taking that much cash on an airline. I don’t even take my Nebulizer machine for my asthma. Some TSA agent might mistake it for a bomb. I just take inhalers.
That’s a whole lotta cash to be traveling with. All it does is raise questions that may slow you down. As other posters said, the best thing would be to deposit it in the nearest bank. Or a couple of money orders.
Anything beats carrying that much cold cash in a tupperware bowl. That alone looks suspicious.
Amounts much less than that trigger "structuring" meaning that trying to adhere to the law of not carrying more than $10,000 shows you're trying to skirt the law by not trying to break the law. Crazy! People have lost their money to seizing for carrying thousands less than the $10,000 trigger. Because government says you meant to break the law, even if you didn't.
the only criteria the DEA has for seizing cash is if it finds amounts greater than $5,000.
I’ve traveled many times (by car) several times with more than $5,000. some times as much as $50,000 and yes, I was concerned about the stop and grab laws and drove the speed limit but not less than. Made sure all lights were working order etc. I also carried a gun with me when it was still illegal to protect myself against illegal thieves but it would not protect me against the legal thieves.
I had a legit reason for transporting all that cash, not all of it was mine but that doesn’t mean zip to bastard government grabbers on all levels of government.
I have no need to carry that kind of cash any more but this s*** has to be stopped now.
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