Where the government filed civil forfeiture actions against five Iowa properties for alleged use in illegal drug transactions, the government knew or should have known that an estate was a potential claimant, so the government was required to send direct notice with specific details regarding the forfeiture proceedings and including a deadline for filing a claim, and the judgment finding the verified claims to be untimely is reversed and remanded for a determination on the merits.
U.S. v. Buczkowski (MLW No. 66362/Case No. 13-2018 – 13 pages) (U.S. Court of Appeals, 8th Circuit, Melloy, J.) Appealed from U.S. District Court, Southern District of Iowa, Longstaff, J. (David M. Michael, San Francisco, argued for appellant) (Amy L Jennings, Des Moines, Iowa, argued for appellee; Maureen McGuire appeared on the brief).