Mr. Daniel was charged with smuggling almost $20,000 into the United States. The Government alleged that Mr. Daniel purposely sought to evade the currency reporting requirements.
Mr. Seitles argued that Mr. Daniel, of Haitian descent, did not fully understand the customs form he erroneously filled out and that he had no intent to defraud the United States. Mr. Seitles proved that even the magistrate judge recognized Mr. Daniel’s difficulty with the English language.
The Judge dismissed all criminal charges against Mr. Daniel.