After reading this story, you will believe some things definitely aren’t what they look like. Police were recently ordered by a Nebraska judge to return a million dollars plus back to a stripper after they confiscated the money, assuming it was related to some drug ring.
33-year-old stripper Tara Mishra began twirling on the pole at the age of 18. She saved all of her money with the goal of starting her own business and leaving the strip club altogether. After dropping like it was hot for more than a decade, Mishra saved a little more than a million dollars for her business she planned to open with friends.
Tara Mishra was going into business with Rajesh and Marina Dheri. They met with Tara in Nebraska where she gave the couple the million dollars so they could open up a nightclub. As the Dheris were driving from Nebraska to Chicago, they were pulled over by state troopers for speeding. Police asked Rajesh and Marina Dheri if they could search the vehicle, which the couple allowed. When the police searched the trunk, they found plastic bags filled with money. Tara Mishra packaged the million dollars in $10,000 stacks and tied them with hair bands. Police assumed by their packaging that the money had some sort of involvement with drugs.
After taking the Dheris into custody and calling the K-9 unit out, it was discovered that the couple was telling the truth when they said they had nothing to do with drugs or any illegal activity. The U.S. District Judge Joseph Bataillion wrote in an opinion letter, “The government failed to show a substantial connection between drugs and the money. The dog sniff is inconsequential…The court finds the Mishras’ 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.”
Judge Bataillion ordered that Tara Mishra be reimbursed for $1,074,000 plus interest.