Federal Officials Want A Newport Beach Lamborghini Murcielago

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A federal prosecutor in Southern California is asking a judge to give the government title to a $175,000 Lamborghini Murcielago that police took from a man suspected of money laundering.

The 2006 sports car, which is registered to Lamborghini Newport Beach, was confiscated in February 2012 by the Irwindale Police Department whose officers made a traffic stop on the driver and then transferred the car to federal agents, according to court records.

Assistant United States Attorney Frank D. Kortum wants federal Judge Andrew J. Guilford to approve confiscation of the vehicle in an asset forfeiture move because government agents believe it was purchased illegally.

According to Kortum's court filing, after an initial $7,000 down payment, 17 payments were suspiciously deposited in multiple U.S. Bank branches on one day.

Each of the payments was just under the $10,000 IRS reporting threshold and made in Huntington Beach, Costa Mesa, Downey, Norwalk, Maywood, Northridge, Reseda, Montebello, Van Nuys, Mission Viejo, Panorama City, Granada Hills and Burbank.

To aid law enforcement detection of potential criminal activities, banks are required to notify the government of deposits greater than $10,000, but financial institutions also alert officials when they believe someone is attempting to circumvent the threshold trigger.

Guilford has not scheduled any hearings in the case inside Orange County's Ronald Reagan Federal Courthouse, but similar cases are often directed to a court-approved alternative dispute resolution panel for resolution.

Nobody has filed an opposition to the asset forfeiture request.

In 2010, earlier versions of the expensive sports vehicle were recalled for a faulty fuel system that increased chances of a fire.

Loaded with a V12 engine, the vehicle reportedly can hit 100 km/h in 3.8 seconds.

Let us know if you see your local federal bureaucrat driving a Lamborghini to lunch in coming weeks.

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10 comments
CBarton
CBarton

Hmmm, pretty sure there isn't a mass produced car in the world that can do 0-100 in 3.8 seconds.........

Sparrowhawk
Sparrowhawk

"... because government agents believe it was purchased illegally." What ever happened to due process? So now corrupt police officers can go around "suspecting" illegal activity and steal people's property. People need to wake up and put a stop to the the ever increasing tyrannical city, state, and federal government. 

JGlanton
JGlanton topcommenter

Nice photo of a 2008 Lambo Murc.  And yes, they did have a fuel system recall on the 2007-8 models... how is that relevant to this story about a 2006? 

tongue_twister_for_t
tongue_twister_for_t topcommenter

"The 2006 sports car, which is registered to Lamborghini Newport Beach, was confiscated in February 2012 by the Irwindale Police Department whose officers made a traffic stop on the driver and then transferred the car to federal agents, according to court records".

THIS IS 2013  = 7 YEARS OLD CAR THAT WAS CONFISCATED "CONFISCATION BY THE POLICE IS THEFT" - IT WAS STOLEN FROM THE GUY THEY PULLED OVER BY THE POLICE AND TRANSFERRED TO FEDERAL AGENTS SO WHAT GIVES THE NEWPORT BEACH COPS THE RIGHT TO OWN IT IF IT'S STOLEN BY THE COPS.

"80 PERCENT OF ALL COPS ARE CRIMINALS WHILE ON DUTY".

rscottmoxley
rscottmoxley topcommenter

@JGlanton Oh, geez. Another anonymous, lame OC basement troll barking erroneously with a fake name and pretending he knows something. Thanks for providing the laugh and, more importantly, repeatedly contributing to my hit count, cowboy! ;)

Sparrowhawk
Sparrowhawk

@tongue_twister_for_t  You're right on the money. "Confiscation" by police is a euphemism for legalized theft. Besides it being immoral and Unconstitutional, it gives corrupt "law enforcement" officers an incentive to go around "suspecting" illegal activity, just so they can have a chance at stealing the property of someone who is yet to be proven guilty.  What a racket the feds got going here.

JGlanton
JGlanton topcommenter

@rscottmoxley @JGlanton  Any time, scribbler. Love your lame personal attack because you have no defense for your shoddy and misplaced journalism.

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