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Wisconsin Department of Justice Files Complaints Regarding Seized Gambling Money

 

MADISON — On September 4, 2012, complaints were filed seeking a declaration that money seized from four individuals was the proceeds of gambling and hence, contraband that should be paid to the State School Fund.

 

The four cases all involve gambling investigations conducted by the Department of Justice (DOJ) -- Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI). Two of the investigations were from 2005 and the other two were from 2007. No criminal charges were ever filed in any of the cases.

 

In the case of Gregory Liebe, a total of $4,280.00 was seized from Mr. Liebe. The state alleges that said money constitutes proceeds from sports betting as well as money paid to an undercover officer for winnings during the course of betting on sporting events. The money was seized on March 22, 2006.

 

In the case of case of Richard Breunig, a total of $4,564.50 was seized from Mr. Breunig. The state alleges that said money constitutes proceeds from sports betting as well as money paid to an undercover officer for winnings during the course of betting on sporting events. The money was seized on February 9, 2007, and February 16, 2007.

 

In the case of Kennedy Le, a total of $3,833.00 was seized from Mr. Le. The state alleges that said money constitutes proceeds from sports betting. The money was seized on February 1, 2008.

 

In the case of Ammone Phongsavath, a total of $6,779.00 was seized from Ms. Phongsavath. The state alleges that said money constitutes proceeds from sports betting. The money was seized on February 4, 2008.

 

All four actions have been filed in Dane County Circuit Court as the money is currently being held by DCI in Madison. The actions ask that the court declare the money contraband and therefore, pursuant to the provisions of the Wisconsin Constitution, order that the money be turned over to the School Fund.

 

Copies of the complaints are available at the following links: