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US Attorney Wants To Appeal Money Seizure Ruling

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The top federal prosecutor in Nevada wants to appeal an order to return $167,000 seized from a Hawaii man who was stopped twice driving a motorhome on Interstate 80 near Elko in January 2013, but never charged with a crime.

U.S. Attorney Daniel Bogden said this week he's seeking a review of U.S. District Judge Larry Hicks' June 12 ruling about money confiscated from Straughn Gorman.

The judge also put the government on the hook to pay attorney fees and costs that attorney Vincent Savarese says total at least $142,000.

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Hicks says police and prosecutors misled the court by failing to report that Gorman was stopped first by a Nevada Highway Patrol trooper, and then by an Elko County sheriff's deputy who summoned a dog to sniff the vehicle.