Aurora To Explain Why It Won’t Return Seized Money

(WBBM) – The City of Aurora has been ordered to return nearly $200,000 that a police officer seized from two brothers during a traffic stop, but it’s refusing.

On Thursday morning, it will explain to the judge why it’s ignoring his order.

LISTEN: Newsradio 780’s Mike Krauser Reports

The money was seized during a traffic stop.

Jesus Martinez and his brother, Jose, had $190,040 dollars in their pick-up.

No tickets were issued.

The Chicago Tribune reports the brothers say the money was collected from family members so their father could pay off his mortgage and retire to Mexico.

They’re re-modelers with no criminal records.

Aurora couldn’t give a judge a good enough reason for seizing the money the judge ordered that it be returned.

But Aurora refused.

It appealed.

Again, a ruling in favor of the brothers.

Then came the letter from federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

It seized the cash as drug money.

Absolutely not true, according to the brothers’ lawyer.

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  • Ron

    Its not drug money. But its money they earned but never paid taxes on.

  • Jon

    Thats the IRS’s problem not the city of Aurora.

  • Lucy

    How do you know they didn’t pay taxes on the money when they earned it? If they have a big enough family, you can collect that easily. Tax law lets you “gift” money without paying taxes on it. You can give up to $10, 000, I think the law says, without paying income tax on it if you recieve it as a gift. I’m more concerned about the lawyer fees, is Aurora going to pay that?

  • not sayin jus sayin

    $190.000 in cash, COME ON PEOPLE.. IN CASH ! DRUG Money 4-sure, The city of Aurora is use to collecting drug money,

  • Me

    Ok, who drives around collected that much money from “family members’. HHHHmmmmmm???? Constuction workers may make a lot of money, but I know a lot of people with great jobs and no one I know has access to that much money. Maybe I should go into “constuction”.

  • Him

    if the City of Aurora has no proof that the money were obtained in a illegal fashion, as it seems to be the case, this incident amounts to a big shakedown. And to the people using “…” just hope that next time you drive through Aurora you are not pulled over with more that $20 in your pocket, the cop might deem reasonable to confiscate them

  • Lugan

    What I really would like to know is what prompted the Police to pull these two gents over in the first place… That alone might ass to what they think that it is drug money…

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