Let’s talk about Raymondo a bit more, shall we?
GALLATIN CO.—Word reached us last week that former Gallatin County sheriff Raymond Martin’s house and a portion of the seized cash found therein were all finally turned over to the feds to do with what they wish.
On June 5, 2012, a little more than three years after Martin’s arrest on federal pot and weapons charges, a federal judge in Benton, J. Philip Gilbert, ruled that there were “no third party interests” in funds found in the big house on Sawmill Drive in Junction, and ordered some of that money turned over to authorities in order to settle fines and fees Martin still owes in his federal conviction.
Martin was ordered to pay an amount of “criminal monetary penalties” upon date of sentencing (01.19.12) of $52,160, which, broken down was set to go to special assessment fees ($1,500), a fine of $50,000; and restitution of $660 (it’s unclear where the restitution is going.)
Gilbert noted on June 5, 2012, that only $4,116.34 had been paid, this presumably taken from money seized by the U.S. Marshals upon Martin’s arrest (two separate amounts of $104,777 and $2,386.04), although the operative word here is “presumably,” since documents don’t make this readily discernible.
So Gilbert ruled that the outstanding balance of what Martin owes—$48,043.66—be taken out of those amounts seized, this being ordered yesterday, June 26.
But activity went a little beyond that as regards seizure and forfeiture.
On that same day, the judge also ruled that Martin, as well as his former wife, Kristina (Tina) Martin, had “no third-party interest” in the real estate, being the house and grounds in Junction. Both Raymond and Tina had filed paperwork last year noting that they owned the property, and as such, it should be given back to them, primarily for Tina to live in with her young son by Raymond, who is now about 6 years old.
The battle was lengthy, but the outcome decisive: the judge ruled that the feds were to have the house under the federal seizure guidelines, and on June 5, it was turned over to them.
What’s going to happen to the house now is a matter of speculation. The likelihood that it will be auctioned off to fund more of the feds’ operations in downstate is probably a very good one. Who will show up to purchase the house will be a matter of keen interest. We understand Tina, since she obtained a divorce from Raymond in late 2010, has hooked up with a guy who might have the means and ability to make such a purchase.
We’ll see just what happens with it….keep checking back.
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