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Wednesday, 20 November 2013 09:43

Feds must return $136K to Thumb restaurant owners

(MARYSVILLE) -- A federal judge has ordered the government to return $136,000 to the owners of a Chinese restaurant in the Port Huron area. Judge Sean Cox says the government missed a deadline to file the case in court. The money was seized last year by the Internal Revenue Service. The owners of China Lite restaurant in Marysville were accused of making bank deposits of less than $10,000 to avoid mandatory reporting to the government. The owners denied any wrongdoing and no charges have been filed. The owners made a claim to get the money back. That triggered a 90-day deadline for the government to file the case in court, but the deadline was missed by a day. The case isn't over: Taxpayers could be ordered to pay $58,000 in legal fees.