U.S. v. $500,000.00 IN U.S. CURRENCY

No. 08-20579.

591 F.3d 402 (2009)

UNITED STATES of America, Plaintiff-Appellee, v. $500,000.00 IN U.S. CURRENCY, et al., Defendants, v. Principal Khiem Ngo; Saving Call, L.L.C., Claimants-Appellants.

United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit.

December 16, 2009.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Paula Camille Offenhauser, Asst. U.S.Atty. (argued), Susan Beth Kempner, Houston, TX, for U.S.

David B. Smith (argued), Gerald H. Goldstein, Cynthia Eva Hujar Orr, Goldstein, Goldstein & Hilley, San Antonio, TX, for Claimants-Appellants.

Before BENAVIDES, DENNIS and ELROD, Circuit Judges.

JENNIFER W. ELROD, Circuit Judge:

After the United States initiated forfeiture proceedings against funds thought to have been involved in illegal activity, several persons claiming to be the funds' rightful owners objected and filed a claim pursuant to 18 U.S.C. § 983. Upon the government's motion, the district court dismissed the claim for lack of standing under the statute. The claimants appealed. We reverse and remand.


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