Man Loses $22,000 In New ‘Policing For Profit’ Case
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – It was a routine trip to Nashville for a New Jersey insurance adjuster.
That is, until he got stopped for speeding on Interstate 40 through the small town of Monterey, Tennessee.
Before the traffic stop was over, the officer would take $22,000 cash that the man had been planning to use to buy a car — without charging him with a crime.
“The safest place to put your money if it’s legitimate is in a bank account,” the officer toldNewsChannel 5 Investigates. “He stated he had two. I would put it in a bank account. It draws interest and it’s safer.”
“But it’s not illegal to carry cash,” we noted.
“No, it’s not illegal to carry cash. Again, it’s what the cash is being used for to facilitate or what it is being utilized for.”
“But you had no proof that money was being used for drug trafficking, correct? No proof?”
“And he couldn’t prove it was legitimate.”
How could this happen?
TONIGHT AT 6 p.m., NewsChannel 5 investigates.
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