State Settles Case Of $46,000 Found In Car Trunk, Then Seized
Federal prosecutors have settled a case with a Maine man who says $46,000 seized during a traffic stop was lawfully his.
In October of 2016, New Hampshire State Police found the money in the trunk of a vehicle during a routine traffic stop on Interstate 95 in Greenland.
The driver was released without any charges, but law enforcement, using a legal maneuver called civil asset forfeiture, seized the cash under suspicion it was connected to illegal activity.
Edward Phipps of Bridgeton, Maine stepped forward in July of 2017 to challenge the forfeiture, arguing the money was lawfully obtained.
Now, though, the two sides have reached a settlement agreement that will allow law enforcement to keep $39,000, with the rest returned to Phipps through his attorney.
Neither party responded immediately to a request for comment.