Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Judge Orders $1 Million Returned to Exotic Dancer
ABCNews ^ | July 23, 2013 | Geetika Rudra

Posted on 07/30/2013 12:24:42 PM PDT by kiryandil

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...

(Excerpt) Read more at abcnews.go.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; News/Current Events; US: Nebraska
KEYWORDS: confiscation; donutwatch; drugwar; policestate
Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-5051-73 next last
This woman was quite fortunate that the armed robbers in Nebraska were not able to keep their ill-gotten gains.

Q: What's the difference between the government and the Mafia?

A: After you pay off the Mafia, they leave you alone. And they don't shoot your dog, your kids or your great-grandfather.

Her money was being held hostage since March of 2012.

1 posted on 07/30/2013 12:24:42 PM PDT by kiryandil
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: kiryandil

How much of the million in tips she took in did she pay taxes on?


2 posted on 07/30/2013 12:25:55 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: kiryandil

Its never a good idea to have too much cash laying around - it could be stolen.

Especially by the Government.


3 posted on 07/30/2013 12:26:32 PM PDT by PGR88
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: kiryandil

Did she have it all packed into her G-string at the time? ;-)


4 posted on 07/30/2013 12:26:34 PM PDT by rockrr (Everything is different now...)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: rockrr

If she did, it’d be tuned to an A!


5 posted on 07/30/2013 12:28:12 PM PDT by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (The average American voter is an idiot. Which is how the Dems want it.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: PGR88

“I see you have some money there. Give it to me.” [/Government]


6 posted on 07/30/2013 12:28:24 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy (21st century. I'm not a fan.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: rockrr

Yeah, no kidding. I hope the money got “laundered.”


7 posted on 07/30/2013 12:28:38 PM PDT by Alex in chains
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: kiryandil

The cops owe her INTEREST on that money during the time they held it.

They also should go to her house and family and APOLOGIZE.


8 posted on 07/30/2013 12:28:53 PM PDT by gaijin
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: kiryandil

NEVER give cops permission to search ANYTHING!

EVER!!!!


9 posted on 07/30/2013 12:28:58 PM PDT by G Larry (Let his days be few; and let another take his office. Psalms 109:8)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: a fool in paradise
How much of the million in tips she took in did she pay taxes on?

Yup, the IRS will soon be calling...

10 posted on 07/30/2013 12:29:00 PM PDT by justlurking (tagline removed, as demanded by Admin Moderator)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: kiryandil

I’m not saying the cops had a right to take the money, but I have trouble believing this money was saved up after 15 years.


11 posted on 07/30/2013 12:29:20 PM PDT by nickcarraway
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: a fool in paradise

You can bet that the next act will be when the IRS strips her of at least half of that cash. That’s why she kept it out of the bank all those years.


12 posted on 07/30/2013 12:29:21 PM PDT by txrefugee
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: kiryandil
“The dog sniff is inconsequential…

A dog will alert to a ham sandwich.

13 posted on 07/30/2013 12:30:22 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Who knew that one day professional wrestling would be less fake than professional journalism?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: nickcarraway

Yep. I’m not buying this one. Did she live on her salary?


14 posted on 07/30/2013 12:30:57 PM PDT by AppyPappy (Obama: What did I not know and when did I not know it?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: kiryandil
FYI, a Google image search for Tara Mishra turns up this:


15 posted on 07/30/2013 12:31:13 PM PDT by justlurking (tagline removed, as demanded by Admin Moderator)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: a fool in paradise
How much of the million in tips she took in did she pay taxes on?

Doesn't bother me at all. Hopefully she paid 0.

16 posted on 07/30/2013 12:31:37 PM PDT by suijuris
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: a fool in paradise
How much of the million in tips she took in did she pay taxes on?

Or were they gifts of $1?

In any rate, I like Rush's idea the best, 'don't wish taxes on your neighbors, instead wish you had the same good deal'.

17 posted on 07/30/2013 12:32:01 PM PDT by Balding_Eagle (When America falls, darkness will cover the face of the earth for a thousand years.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: nickcarraway

That’s about 335 bucks a day based on 200/yr and 15 yrs.
I’m pretty clueless on whether that is reasonable for the profession or not...


18 posted on 07/30/2013 12:32:27 PM PDT by nascarnation (Baraq's economic policy: trickle up poverty)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: E. Pluribus Unum
A dog will alert to a ham sandwich.

Actually, there are trace amounts of drugs on almost all cash. It's likely there are traces on the cash in your wallet, unless it is brand new and previously uncirculated.

19 posted on 07/30/2013 12:33:06 PM PDT by justlurking (tagline removed, as demanded by Admin Moderator)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 13 | View Replies]

To: a fool in paradise
How much of the million in tips she took in did she pay taxes on?

Irrelevant. That's between her and the IRS. The money is hers.
20 posted on 07/30/2013 12:33:43 PM PDT by SpaceBar
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: PGR88

This thread is worthless.


21 posted on 07/30/2013 12:33:47 PM PDT by freedomlover
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: a fool in paradise

Who cares? It’s her money. I hope she didn’t pay a dime to the thieves in DC.


22 posted on 07/30/2013 12:33:57 PM PDT by dinodino
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: justlurking

Based on your pic, the odds on my post at #18 just improved a bit...


23 posted on 07/30/2013 12:34:11 PM PDT by nascarnation (Baraq's economic policy: trickle up poverty)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 15 | View Replies]

To: PGR88
Its never a good idea to have too much cash laying around - it could be stolen. Especially by the Government.

Yeah, better to pay it into a bank account, where the govt. can't get its hands on it. /s

Regards,

24 posted on 07/30/2013 12:36:31 PM PDT by alexander_busek (Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: kiryandil

Reminds me of the old joke of the hooker that got caught with $330.01.

The cop asks her, who gave you the penny?

She says “all of them”


25 posted on 07/30/2013 12:37:06 PM PDT by Las Vegas Ron (Rats vs. GOPe = Same train, different speed.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: nascarnation
That’s about 335 bucks a day based on 200/yr and 15 yrs.

That's actually not far from the average in the UK:

Lap dancers not just pretty faces

An average stripper takes home £232 per shift — or £48,000 a year — after paying commission and fees to the club where they work.

At the current exchange rate, that's $308.

26 posted on 07/30/2013 12:37:14 PM PDT by justlurking (tagline removed, as demanded by Admin Moderator)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 18 | View Replies]

To: kiryandil

Was this on the Dave Ramsey Show ?


27 posted on 07/30/2013 12:37:44 PM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks ("Say Not the Struggle Naught Availeth.")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: kiryandil

$67K a year for 15 years. IRS is interested?


28 posted on 07/30/2013 12:37:57 PM PDT by showme_the_Glory (ILLEGAL: prohibited by law. ALIEN: Owing political allegiance to another country or government)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: justlurking
We all know that. My point was that the police use dog alerts to manufacture probable cause.
29 posted on 07/30/2013 12:38:15 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Who knew that one day professional wrestling would be less fake than professional journalism?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 19 | View Replies]

To: nickcarraway
I’m not saying the cops had a right to take the money, but I have trouble believing this money was saved up after 15 years.

That's $67,000 per year to save $1mil in 15 years. She would have to be earning close to six figures to be able to have enough to live off of and still have that much left over. She'd also have to be very disciplined.

Not impossible, but it seems unlikely. OTOH, unless the cops can prove that the money was illegally obtained, then she's entitled to get it back.

30 posted on 07/30/2013 12:39:17 PM PDT by The_Victor (If all I want is a warm feeling, I should just wet my pants.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: suijuris

They never should’ve been able to seize her cash in the first place. And as for her paying taxes, I hope she paid squat. The federal government and local governments to become Nothing more than robber barons.


31 posted on 07/30/2013 12:39:46 PM PDT by WMarshal (Free citizen, never a subject or a civilian)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 16 | View Replies]

To: justlurking

Base on your excellent research, I’m declaring her story legit.


32 posted on 07/30/2013 12:41:04 PM PDT by nascarnation (Baraq's economic policy: trickle up poverty)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 26 | View Replies]

To: nascarnation

“...335 bucks a day ...”

That’s easily achievable for a young (or cougarish) lady with all the right parts in all the right places...and the willingness to show an appreciative clientele congregating in dark, smoky, alcohol-flooded, fantasy-induced...uh...meeting rooms.

Heck...I’ve dripped more than that on one lap dance ;-)


33 posted on 07/30/2013 12:42:55 PM PDT by moovova (Sell everything, folks. Be poised to run.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 18 | View Replies]

To: nickcarraway

Thats only about 67,000 a year, easily within the range of a stripper who doesn’t blow her tips on drugs or taxes.


34 posted on 07/30/2013 12:43:20 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: AppyPappy

A beautiful dancer in a nice club can easily clear $500-1,000 or more per night. Figure five days a week with four to five weeks off a year with negligible taxes on undeclared income (who cares, wages are not gain), and a million is easy to figure over 15 years.


35 posted on 07/30/2013 12:43:33 PM PDT by andyk (I have sworn...eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 14 | View Replies]

To: moovova

...dropped...

(embarrassed grin)


36 posted on 07/30/2013 12:44:31 PM PDT by moovova (Sell everything, folks. Be poised to run.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 33 | View Replies]

To: WMarshal

Funny how if this happened to Sarah Palin we’d be calling for heads to roll, but since this woman is a lowly pole-dancer, some are tacitly suggesting the IRS perform a financial cavity search on her.


37 posted on 07/30/2013 12:46:56 PM PDT by SpaceBar
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 31 | View Replies]

To: a fool in paradise
How much of the million in tips she took in did she pay taxes on?

Sorry. I should have realized that ABC "DEATH TO GEORGE ZIMMERMAN!!!" News would be relatively fact-free:

U.S. District Judge Joseph Bataillon said in an opinion that government lawyers failed to prove the money was connected to illegal drugs and that fingerprints on the bags containing the money belonged to Mishra and her husband, and that Mishra showed she had claimed the earnings on state & federal income tax returns, and that the Mishras had cooperated by provided details of the agreement they had to buy a stake in a New Jersey nightclub.

Nebraska can appeal, so I'll bet they'll still try to steal it that way.

38 posted on 07/30/2013 12:47:16 PM PDT by kiryandil (turning Americans into felons, one obnoxious drunk at a time (Zero Tolerance!!!))
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: moovova
Nuh uhhh, baby ... you be STUCK wit' dripped

/8^)

39 posted on 07/30/2013 12:47:56 PM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 36 | View Replies]

To: nascarnation

I dated a stripper in 1982. She pulled down an average of $500.00 per shift in 1982. After buying our drinks and paying the club. Strippers pay to use the floor.


40 posted on 07/30/2013 12:48:07 PM PDT by SpeakerToAnimals (I hope to earn a name in battle)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 18 | View Replies]

To: PGR88

They can take it out of your bank...anytime they want.


41 posted on 07/30/2013 12:48:56 PM PDT by Osage Orange (Light travels faster than sound. This is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: AppyPappy; nascarnation; The_Victor; driftdiver
After reading the article again, I think it is possible. The main thing is, I doubt most people in this profession are that disciplined. If she lived a thrifty lifestyle and save everything. I wonder is she paid taxes?

The other question is: at what point would she stop scrimping and stripping if she had enough in the bank. You would think it would be before $1 million dollars. If one had $250k or %500k in the bank, would you keep eating ramen and stripping? If true, I guess she realized she had a limited amount of time, and she had to make all she could. While I don't applaud her career choice, if she truly saved it, that's impressive.

42 posted on 07/30/2013 12:49:27 PM PDT by nickcarraway
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 14 | View Replies]

To: AppyPappy; nascarnation; The_Victor; driftdiver
After reading the article again, I think it is possible. The main thing is, I doubt most people in this profession are that disciplined. If she lived a thrifty lifestyle and save everything. I wonder is she paid taxes?

The other question is: at what point would she stop scrimping and stripping if she had enough in the bank. You would think it would be before $1 million dollars. If one had $250k or %500k in the bank, would you keep eating ramen and stripping? If true, I guess she realized she had a limited amount of time, and she had to make all she could. While I don't applaud her career choice, if she truly saved it, that's impressive.

43 posted on 07/30/2013 12:49:27 PM PDT by nickcarraway
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 14 | View Replies]

To: andyk

Yesh but that is only if you don’t spend any of it.


44 posted on 07/30/2013 12:49:55 PM PDT by AppyPappy (Obama: What did I not know and when did I not know it?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 35 | View Replies]

To: nascarnation

Do you not think she had expenses?


45 posted on 07/30/2013 12:49:56 PM PDT by Osage Orange (Light travels faster than sound. This is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 18 | View Replies]

To: nascarnation
That’s about 335 bucks a day based on 200/yr and 15 yrs.

I'm getting ~$191.00/day, for 15 years, excluding Thaksgivinig and Christmas, adding back in leap days, and figure 2 weeks vacation a year.

I don't know if that's reasonable either. I never go to places like that...

46 posted on 07/30/2013 12:50:50 PM PDT by MAexile (Bats left, votes right)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 18 | View Replies]

To: justlurking; a fool in paradise
How much of the million in tips she took in did she pay taxes on?
Yup, the IRS will soon be calling...

I though I recalled seeing that's how she proved that the money was hers. She paid taxes on it.

Stripper gets her money back

Mishra appeared at a trial with tax returns and documents proving she'd agree to invest in a New Jersey club with the Dheris.

She'd wrapped the cash in dryer sheets to mask its rank, barroom scent, she argued.

On Thursday, U.S. District Judge Joseph F. Bataillon ordered the cash returned to the former topless dancer, saying the government's suspicions about a drug connection "left too many unanswered questions."

47 posted on 07/30/2013 12:51:16 PM PDT by RikaStrom ("To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize." ~Voltaire)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

To: justlurking

Interesting. Also interesting that each dollar was put there totally willingly, not like when you get hit up for cash to park your car at some event. None of those guys were roped into putting the dollar there.


48 posted on 07/30/2013 12:51:36 PM PDT by Yaelle
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 26 | View Replies]

To: Osage Orange

LOL who knows.
I was just applying some “farmer math” to see how reasonable the numbers were.
Based on comments on the thread, plus the fact that she is in prosperous California, I’d say it’s within the realm of reality.


49 posted on 07/30/2013 12:54:52 PM PDT by nascarnation (Baraq's economic policy: trickle up poverty)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 45 | View Replies]

To: justlurking; nickcarraway; txrefugee; AppyPappy; showme_the_Glory
justlurking wrote: Yup, the IRS will soon be calling...

nickcarraway wrote: I’m not saying the cops had a right to take the money, but I have trouble believing this money was saved up after 15 years.

txrefugee wrote: You can bet that the next act will be when the IRS strips her of at least half of that cash. That’s why she kept it out of the bank all those years.

AppyPappy wrote: Yep. I’m not buying this one. Did she live on her salary?

showme_the_Glory wrote: $67K a year for 15 years. IRS is interested?

You all have a valid point about the IRS, because it has proved itself to be a lawless government agency. They'll probably be able to get around the fact that she actually paid taxes on ALL of it, as shown in my post #38 above:

...she had claimed the earnings on state & federal income tax returns...

50 posted on 07/30/2013 12:56:47 PM PDT by kiryandil (turning Americans into felons, one obnoxious drunk at a time (Zero Tolerance!!!))
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]


Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-5051-73 next last

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson