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09 March 2015

Tim Dickson and Martin Twigg secure return of $353,770 USD seized by Canadian Border Services

In 2009, an American citizen crossed into Canada carrying $353,770 USD cash and failed to declare it. The Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) seized the cash from the man under the Proceeds of Crime (Money Laundering) and Terrorist Financing Act. The man, who suffered from mental illness and later took his life, appealed the seizure to the Minister of Public Safety but was unsuccessful. After his death, his executor retained Farris to challenge the Minister’s decision on judicial review, years after the statutory deadline for doing so. Farris litigation partner Tim Dickson and associate Martin Twigg tendered in court detailed evidence of the legitimacy of the monies and psychiatric and other evidence of the man’s mental illness. The Minister ultimately consented to the return of the funds, less a $250 fine.

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