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In June, I reported on the case of Rustem Kazazi, who had about $58,000 in cash seized from him at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport. The case caused outrage across the country as Rustem was never charged with a crime. His money was taken using a process known as civil asset forfeiture, a legal procedure where law enforcement can take an individual’s property or cash without criminal charges being filed.

In good news, the Department of Homeland Security has now agreed to return $57,330 to Rustem together with interest earned. However, in a lawsuit from May, Rustem said Customs and Border Protection (CBP) took $58,100 in cash. A hearing has been set for December to decide whether the federal government will have to give Rustem the additional $770.
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In October 2017, a Texas woman had nearly $41,000 seized from her as she tried to board a plane to Nigeria. More than six months later, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has not yet returned her money.

Anthonia Nwaorie, a nurse, had long dreamed of saving up enough money to open a medical clinic in southern Nigeria. She spent years putting money aside for the clinic. Last year she had finally saved up enough money and bought a flight to Nigeria.
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