Their business is left devastated.
RedAlertPolitics: Like other victims of civil seizure before them, North Carolina residents Tom and Marla Bednar have suffered irreparable damage to their financial stability since the federal government seized $115,000 from them last year.
The Bednars, who operated a precious metal business in Raleigh, are about to finally receive their money back after months of litigation. But, they told the News & Observer, they can never reclaim their business reputation after suffering such an unexpected loss.
In August of 2014, Tom Bednar was halted by an unmarked police car and arrested. His wife was arrested separately, and their children detained.
They were questioned and accused of operating without a license, while officers ransacked their home for eight hours. They left it in a “state of shambles” and “destroyed a lot of our property,” Bednar said in an interview.
Then one evening in September, they received a chilling call from bank officials. Their bank account had been cleared out.