Free Motion for Forfeiture of Property - District Court of Connecticut - Connecticut


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UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT DISTRICT OF CONNECTICUT UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Plaintiff, v. $662,310.79 IN UNITED STATES CURRENCY SEIZED FROM ACCOUNT NUMBER 100080907, HELD IN THE NAME OF FRANKLIN CREDIT SERVICES, INC., AT FIRST TENNESSEE BANK, FRANKLIN, TENNESSEE, $146,000.00 and $3,315.57 IN UNITED STATES CURRENCY SEIZED FROM ACCOUNT NUMBER 100057691, HELD IN THE NAME OF FRANKLIN CREDIT SERVICES, INC., AT FIRST TENNESSEE BANK, FRANKLIN, TENNESSEE, $185,000.00 IN UNITED STATES CURRENCY SEIZED FROM ACCOUNT NUMBER 100057691, HELD IN THE NAME OF FRANKLIN CREDIT SERVICES, INC., AT FIRST TENNESSEE BANK, FRANKLIN, TENNESSEE, Defendants. : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : :

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DECREE OF FORFEITURE On November 17, 2000, a Verified Complaint of Forfeiture was filed, and on April 26, 2001, an Amended Verified Complaint of Forfeiture was filed for the forfeiture of $662,310.79 in United States Currency, seized from account number 100080907, $146,000.00 and $3,315.57 in United States Currency, seized from account number 100057691, and $185,000.00 in United

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States Currency, seized from account number 100057691, held in the name of Franklin Credit Services, Inc., at First Tennessee Bank, Franklin, Tennessee (Currency Defendants). The Complaint and Amended Complaint allege that the Currency Defendants were involved in a financial transaction or attempted transaction in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1956 and 1957, and are therefore subject to forfeiture to the United States pursuant to 18 U.S.C. 981(a)(1)(A). It appearing that process was fully issued in this action and returned according to law, the Court finds as follows: ARREST, NOTICE AND SERVICE OF PROCESS That pursuant to the Warrants and Amended Warrants of Arrest In Rem issued by this Court, the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation for the District of Connecticut seized the Currency Defendants on October 30, 2000, and May 16, 2001; That on October 31, November 7 and 14, 2000, notice of this action was published in The Herald Chronicle newspaper in Winchester, Tennessee;1 That on October 30, 2000, Harrison Crabtree, Jr., President of Franklin Credit Services, Inc., waived personal service of the Verified Complaint of Forfeiture and Warrants of Arrest In Rem; CLAIMS AND ANSWERS That on November 6, 2000, Carroll Fisher, Insurance Commissioner and Receiver for Farmers & Ranchers Life Insurance Company, filed a Claim, and on November 16, 2000, filed an

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The United States Attorney's costs for advertising notice of this forfeiture action total 2

$75.00.

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Answer and Affirmative Defenses to the Verified Complaint of Forfeiture, and Counterclaim against the United States; That on November 8, 2000, Mike Pickens, Receiver of Old Southwest Life Insurance, filed a Claim, and on November 28, 2000, filed an Answer and Defenses to the Verified Complaint of Forfeiture; That on November 8, 2000, Anne B. Pope, Commissioner and Receiver of Franklin American Life Insurance Company, filed a Claim, and on November 27, 2000, filed an Answer and Defenses to the Verified Complaint of Forfeiture, and Counterclaim against the United States of America; That on November 8, 2000, 2000, Keith Wenzel, Director of the Mississippi Department of Insurance in Statutory Capacity as Liquidator of International Financial Services Life Insurance, filed a Claim, and on November 27, 2000, filed an Answer and Defenses to the Verified Complaint of Forfeiture, and Counterclaim against the United States; That on November 8, 2000, George Dale, Mississippi Commissioner of Insurance, filed a Claim, and on November 27, 2000, filed an Answer and Defenses to the Verified Complaint of Forfeiture, and Counterclaim against the United States; DEFAULTS That on August 13, 2003, Franklin Credit Services, Inc., was defaulted for failure to file a claim or answer or otherwise defend as provided for in Rule C of the Supplemental Rules for Certain Admiralty and Maritime Claims, pursuant to Rule 55(a) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure;

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That on August 22, 2003, a default judgment was entered against Franklin Credit Services, Inc., pursuant to Rule 55(b) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure; STIPULATION BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES AND RECEIVER-CLAIMANTS That on June 21, 2007, the United States and the Receiver-Claimants entered into a Stipulation whereby the parties agreed that upon the Department of Justice's granting of the Receiver-Claimants' Petition for Remission pursuant to the Regulations Governing the Remission or Mitigation of Civil and Criminal Forfeiture, 28 C.F.R. 9.1-9.9, the United States shall distribute to the Receiver-Claimants the following pro rata shares of the net proceeds of the above-referenced assets, less allowable costs, as follows: Claimant/Petitioner Pro Rata Share of Net Proceeds Franklin Protective Life Insurance Company Family Guaranty Life Insurance Company Farmers and Ranchers Life Insurance Company First National Life Insurance Company of America Franklin American Life Insurance Company Old Southwest Life Insurance Company International Financial Services Life Insurance Company 4.10% 6.99% 2.30% 54.78% 8.00% 1.75% 22.08%

That payment of the accrued interest on the assets seized by the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation shall be governed by a separate order of this Court addressing the Receiver-Claimants' motion for payment of accrued interest.

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Now, therefore, on motion of the Plaintiff, United States of America, for a Decree of Forfeiture, it is hereby ORDERED, ADJUDGED AND DECREED that the default as to all persons having any right, title or interest in the Currency Defendants under seizure in this action be and is hereby entered herein; ORDERED, ADJUDGED AND DECREED that the defendants, $662,310.79 in United States Currency, seized from account number 100080907, $146,000.00 and $3,315.57 in United States Currency, seized from account number 100057691, and $185,000.00 in United States Currency, seized from account number 100057691, held in the name of Franklin Credit Services, Inc., at First Tennessee Bank, Franklin, Tennessee, be forfeited to the United States of America and disposed of according to in accordance with the Stipulation filed on June 21, 2007, between the United States and the Receiver-Claimants; and it is further ORDERED, ADJUDGED AND DECREED that the Court determines that there is no just reason for delay and it directs the Clerk to enter judgment based upon this Decree of Forfeiture as a final judgment for appeal purposes. Dated at New Haven, Connecticut, this day of August, 2007.

HONORABLE ELLEN BREE BURNS UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE

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CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE This is to certify that a copy of the within and foregoing proposed Decree of Forfeiture has been sent via electronic mail on this 8th day of August, 2007, to: Susan B. Loving, Esq. Lester, Loving & Davies 1701 South Kelly Edmond, Oklahoma 73013-3018 email: [email protected] Douglas J. Schmidt, Esq. Terrance Summers, Esq. Blackwell Sanders Peper Martin 4801 Main Street, Suite 1000 Kansas City, Missouri 64112 email: [email protected] email: [email protected] Andrew B. Campbell, Esq. Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs 2525 West End Avenue, Suite 1500 Nashville, Tennessee 37203 email: [email protected] Douglas S. Skalka, Esq. Neubert, Pepe & Monteith 195 Church Street, 13th Floor New Haven, Connecticut 06510 email: [email protected] Charles G. Copeland, Esq. Janet G. Arnold, Esq. Copeland, Cook, Taylor & Bush 1062 Highland Colony Parkway P.O. Box 6020 Ridgeland, Mississippi 39157 email: [email protected] email: [email protected] James A. Lenes, Esq. 9 Grove Street Ridgefield, CT 06877 email: [email protected]

and by first class mail to: Steve A. Uhrynowycz, Esq. 1200 West Third Street, Room 340 Little Rock, Arkansas 72201-1904

JULIE G. TURBERT ASSISTANT U.S. ATTORNEY

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