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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Really? Even if there is no crossing of state lines? Based on what law? Reported to whom?
Not everyone is aware of what might appear “suspicious” to an observer. Many people have no clue about how best to transfer cash assets.
And many old people don’t trust giving banks and other financial institutions their cash. My father-in-law was one of them. Hated banks. Didn’t trust them. He was not going to give anyone his cash, hid it in his home in various locations. We tried to educate him, spoke about options but when it came down to it, growing up poor in Mississippi in the 30’s shaped his whole outlook about banks. He paid for his home with cash. Had no credit cards.
And the daughter carrying the cash, she looked it up and was assured she could travel with cash. What did she know? Looked good to her. Thing is, some TSA brain-dead notified DEA (I think) and DEA seized the cash because this is obviously drug money.
Tupperware? To her, that was a “safe” way to travel with cash.
Being old and with cash, that is a risky thing.
[Tupperware? To her, that was a safe way to travel with cash.]
Supperware keeps hot-dog buns fresh for weeks.
And finally, Advanced Competitive Theory.
Two sisters in 1929. Both worked for Fred Harvey Corporation. One at the Headquarters in Kansas City and the other in New Mexico at one of the hotels. A few days before the crash in October 1929 a senior officer of Fred Harvey came through the offices and told everyone that they should remove their savings from the banks as they were getting ready to fold. The sister in KC did as she was told but never said a word to the one in NM. The one in NM lost all of their money in the bank. The sisters never spoke again. The sister in NM was my grandmother.
OK - I’m a healthy, aware-of-my-surroundings, don’t-mess-with-me kinda guy. I tell my sons to walk through the parking lot like you are ready to kick some @$$ if need be, and people will mostly leave you alone.
HAVING SAID THAT - I would NEVER walk out in public with $83K in cash unless I had a buddy and we were both armed. Much less unarmed through an airport where government drones are looking for contraband.
Is it worth $83K to waste an airline ticket or delay your return in order to get to the bank? Even if your boss docks you a day’s pay? Yes.
Fool that I am, I’d thought some judge somewhere had declared civil forfeiture illegal, unconstitutional government larceny. But of course, it’s still being done. Goons will continue grabbing your stuff like nothing happened and it’s your burden to prove them wrong.
I hate the system.
Well, you can kiss your property goodbye if you can’t pay your taxes. It is unfortunate that so many people have their heads in the sand.
That’s correct. It won’t matter if you have 7 years of food and gasoline and stored water. Even generators.
People will not be allowed to pay their taxes nor get a receipt.
It will be total chaos.
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