Nebraska police were recently ordered by a judge to return over $1 million to a stripper after they confiscated it, thinking the money was involved with a drug ring.
Tara Mishra, 33, began dancing when she was 18 years old. After getting low on the pole for decades, she decided to use the money she saved to start a business.
Mishra gave a couple, Rajesh and Marina Dheri, $1 million to go into business together and start a nightclub. Mrs. Dheri placed the stacks of cash — $10,000 each — in the back of her truck as she drove to Chicago.
En-route to the windy city, Mrs. Dheri was pulled over by Nebraska police who confiscated the money, suspecting it was involved with drugs.
It was later determined that the Dheri had no involvement with narcotics or illegal activity.
“The government failed to show a substantial connection between drugs and the money,” said U.S. District Judge Joseph Bataillion. “The dog sniff is inconsequential… The court finds Mishra’s story is credible… Ms. Mishra did have control over the money and directed the Dheris to deliver the money to New Jersey for the purchase of the business.”