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United States v. Moneygram International, Inc.

United States District Court, Third Circuit

December 4, 2013

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,
v.
MONEYGRAM INTERNATIONAL, INC., Defendant.

ORDER

CHRISTOPHER C. CONNER, Chief District Judge.

AND NOW, this 4th day of December, 2013, upon consideration of the motion (Doc. 15) to determine sufficiency of evidence to support remissions claim, filed by non-parties Carole Goldberg and Debra Patterson, and it appearing that defendant entered into a deferred prosecution agreement with the government in which it agreed to pay the government $100, 000, 000 in lieu of a civil or criminal forfeiture action, (see Doc. 3), and it further appearing that the agreement provides that "the forfeited funds will be restored to the victims of the fraud... pursuant to 18 U.S.C. § 981(e)(6), under the Petition for Remission and/or Mitigation procedures of the United States Department of Justice or any other manner within the United States Attorney General's discretion , " ( Id. ¶ 7) (emphasis added), and it further appearing that movants are requesting an order declaring that they provided sufficient documentation to establish a fraud loss of $86, 400 in support of their claim for remission, [1] but the court concluding that the government possesses the sole discretion to restore forfeited funds to the victims of fraud, see 18 U.S.C. § 981(e)(6) (stating that the Attorney General may "transfer [forfeited] property... as restoration to any victim of the offense giving rise to the forfeiture"); 28 C.F.R. §§ 9.1-9.9; United States v. Approximately $133, 803.53 in U.S. Currency Seized from Washington Mut. Bank, N.A., Account # XXXXXXXXXX, held in the Name of Advantage Fin., 683 F.Supp.2d 1090, 1094 (E.D. Cal. 2010) ("Congress granted the Attorney General sole discretion to address claims by victims through a remissions process that occurs after the successful prosecution of the forfeiture case."); United States v. Fenner, Crim. A. No. 05-167, 2011 WL 2015054 at *1 (M.D. Pa. 2011) ("Determining whether to retain forfeited property or apply the property toward victim restitution is within the sole discretion of the Attorney General."), and that the government's decision[2] is not subject to judicial review, see, e.g., United States v. One 1973 Buick Riviera Auto. , 560 F.2d 897, 900 (8th Cir. 1977) (finding that "[t]he overwhelming weight of authority" supports its determination that the Department of Justice's denial of a petition for remission is not subject to judicial review), it is hereby ORDERED that the motion (Doc. 15) is DENIED.


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