Nebraska Cops Ordered To Give Stripper Back $1 Million In Cash

By Geetika Rudra

A federal judge has ruled that Nebraska cops must return over $1 million confiscated at a traffic stop from a woman who saved the money $1 at a time during her 15 year career as an exotic dancer.

The money belongs to Tara Mishra, 33, of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., who began putting aside her earnings when she started dancing at age 18, according to an opinion U.S. District Judge Joseph Bataillon wrote last week. The money was meant to start her business and get out of the stripping business, the judge wrote.



State troopers confiscated the money in March 2012 when they pulled over Rajesh and Marina Dheri, of Montville, N.J., for speeding in Nebraska, according to court documents. The Dheris are friends of Mishra and had been given the cash so they could buy a nightclub in New Jersey. Mishra would own half of the business and the Dheris would own the other half.

Mishra had packaged the money in $10,000 bundles tied with hair bands and placed in plastic bags, and it was stashed in the trunk of the Dheri's rented car, which the Dheris were driving to Chicago. When they were pulled over for speeding, a state trooper asked the Dheris if he could search their vehicle, which they allowed, Bataillon explained.

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The state trooper found the money and after suspecting it was drug money took the Dheris into custody, according to the judge's opinion. But police did not find any evidence of drug activity in the car and a K-9 analysis found only trace elements of illegal drugs on the cash, according to Bataillon.

Neither Mishra nor the Dheris could not be reached for comment.

"The government failed to show a substantial connection between drugs and the money," Bataillon wrote in his opinion. "The dog sniff is inconsequential...The court finds the Mishras' story is credible...Ms. Mishra did have control over the money and directed the Dheris to deliver the money to New Jersey for the purchase of the business."

Bataillon ordered that Mishra receive cash or a check in the value of $1,074,000 with interest.


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mgocean95

Damn typical cops "helping themselves" to monies that do not belong to them. They should be fired, pension monies returned to taxpayers and have their photos displayed in public.

Protected by free speech from the Constitution

July 31 2013 at 8:12 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
ANGELOCOOL

WELL GOOD FOR U SWEETIE

July 31 2013 at 4:35 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
Minister

We should ALL learn how to handle a traffic stop. NEVER agree to a search. http://youtu.be/eDJrQBwJpqk

July 31 2013 at 3:25 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
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ANGELOCOOL

U HAVE TO LET THEM SEARCH ONE WAY OR THE OTHER THEY WILL SEARCH YOUR CAR

July 31 2013 at 4:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Dude

Don't know much about the law, do you? The whole point is if they search it illegally, nothing they find matters. So always refuse to be searched, don't answer questions like, "Where are you headed?" of anything else that is none of their business. And put a dashcam in your car that records audio.

July 31 2013 at 6:57 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down
milpml

It never ceases to amaze me that when people are obviously being
screwed by our government, there are many people who will comment
that it's ok. It doesn't matter whether or not you approve of her job.
You are brainwashed if you don't see a problem with this story.

July 31 2013 at 2:54 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
ron

Think im gona start stripping for a living ,im 65 now by the time im 90 i should have a million (LOL)

July 31 2013 at 2:09 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
rmaguro

Guilty until proven innocent. It shouldn't have taken 18 months to get her money back.

July 31 2013 at 1:40 PM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply
juststeve35

Took her 18 months to get her own money back from a government that had NO legal basis to retain it...

While I am thrilled the Judge gave them interest on their monies, what about their legal fees?

What about the 18 months of profits they DID NOT make on the bar they DID NOT own because they DID NOT have their own money available which meant they DID NOT buy it??

smh

THIS is a direct result of the corrupt government that passed Seizure Laws that motivate government agencies, from municipal to Federal, to ACTIVELY pursue taking other folks property.

How American.

July 31 2013 at 1:22 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply
EXHAULTED RULER

Good! Not everyone that carries more than 100.00 on them is a drug dealer. Cops need to get over it.

July 31 2013 at 1:21 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
philips0811

On the one hand, that much cash does scream "drug money", on the other hand, it's mere possession is not proof. The judge made the correct decision, and she was paid interest. However, the IRS is unconcerned with such trivia, and will most certainly be taking a large portion away, including a portion of the interest she was paid. The IRS should be the ERS, Eternal Revenue Service.

July 31 2013 at 1:17 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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Robert

why does cash scream drug money.. I think the handle Philips screams rapist and murderer since there once was a rapist murderer with that name somewhere so you should be held in jail to protect the public until such timer as you can prove that you never raped or murdered (as if that was possible).. same logic... that is why we have written into the basic tenants of our legal system that we are all innocent until PROVEN guilty..

July 31 2013 at 4:57 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
cdd300wm

A lot of places have laws that say you aren't allowed to have that much cash on your person when out in public. My grandfather, who was not rich by any means had 2 grand on him when he passed. He was born in 1900 and I'm told he akways carried a lot of cash just in case. If they had 10,000 dollar bundle the thats 100 bundles. Thats a bulky bad of cash.

July 31 2013 at 1:01 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

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