The answer to your question is "no," and if months have passed, it may be too late to assert a claim to the money. The reason is that according to the U.S. Department of Justice, administrative forfeiture is an in rem action that permits the federal seizing agency to forfeit the property without judicial involvement. The authority for a seizing agency to start an administrative forfeiture action is found in the Tariff Act of 1930, 19 U.S.C. § 1607. Property that can be administratively forfeited is: merchandise the importation of which is prohibited; a conveyance used to import, transport, or store a controlled substance; a monetary instrument; or other property that does not exceed $500,000 in value. You can read more about criminal and civil asset forfeiture at the DOJ website. The posting of public notices regarding forfeitures may be seen at www.forfeiture.com. You should consult with an experienced federal crime and forfeiture attorney about your circumstances.
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