Two unidentified Birmingham men were stopped at the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and were asked to identify any money they were bringing over the border. The one man declared $9,500; the other man declared $9,400. When asked to pull over, the passenger admitted the money was the driver’s, at which time the full amount was confiscated.
The driver had won $40,000 at Caesars Windsor, first depositing half the money with the casino bank. People crossing the border are required to report if they are carrying $10,000 or more to prevent the flow of illegally obtained money.
The driver can petition to get the money back and is subject to a minimum fine of $1,000. The penalty can be 30 percent, 50 percent, or the entire amount, and will be determined after the petition has been filed.
Free Press, “Big winner in Windsor loses at U.S. border”
George Hunter and Robert Snell, “Windsor casino winner might keep part of winnings after seizure” Detroit News