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“We do a lot of farmers markets and have a store on the farm where we take in a lot of cash,” he said. “We normally just deposit the cash with no problem. One day my wife had $12,000 dollars and the [bank] teller asked her next time keep it under $10,000, that way she wouldn’t have to fill out a lot of paper work. So that’s what she did for 32 weeks that summer and February of the next year, the Justice Department showed up with some agents and was asking me about our accounts. I had no problem talking to them because we didn’t do anything wrong that I knew of. We claimed all that money on our taxes."
He added: “When they asked where all the money comes from, I said ‘well sometimes we do $12,000 or $15,000 in a week.’ Then they kind of stopped the questioning and handed me some paperwork and said they’d seize my account of $63,000. The account was pretty much empty; I could use it if I wanted to after that, but they took all the money.”
Sowers explained what he had to do in order to get the near $30,000 back in his account.
“We got in touch with the Institute for Justice, which is a bunch of young lawyers that had been working on civil forfeiture,” he said. “I had testified before the House Ways and Means [Committee] twice and demanded that they give us our money back. After four and a half years last Friday, I finally got the money back.”