In 2010, Alabama businessman Jabari Mosley took a safe into Alabama Lock & Key, a Birmingham locksmith, to open it since he forgot the combination. When they opened it, they called the cops, upon finding the safe loaded with $894,800 in cash. Though the feds seized the funds, and then some, Mosley will be receiving the bulk share of it back. Mosley reached a settlement with the powers-that-be to get back $742,840, but the road there was a long one.
In September, Mosley was sentenced to a year of supervised federal probation, following a guilty plea to a misdemeanor charge of failing to file a tax return for 2009. That year, he reportedly received a gross income of $544,807, from five businesses: Driven Properties & Investments, R&D Nationwide Transports, Paramount Auto, Netcom Solutions, and Pinnacle Entertainment. According to AL.com, “Mosley paid about $111,000 to settle his debt with the IRS before he was sentenced. He also was ordered to pay a $7,000 fine.” The probation began after Mosley was released from prison in Arizona on November 14. He was sentenced there for a weed charge.
The tax charge emanated from the incident with the safe at Alabama Lock & Key in May 2010. When the locksmith found the 800+ racks inside, they called Birmingham police. After a K9 detected the “presence of a controlled substance” in the safe, the cash was turned over to the DEA.
The investigation led to a November 12, 2010 traffic stop in Arizona, where authorities found more than 1,600 pounds of bud (reportedly worth $3 millie on the street) hidden inside a limousine that Mosley was pulling on a trailer. Furthermore, $11,000 was seized during the traffic stop and an additional 25 stacks was found and seized six days later during a search of Mosley’s home, in Chelsea, AL.
Mosley filed a lawsuit to get the money from the safe back. The feds also filed lawsuits to seize the cash taken from the safe and his home. AL.com reports:
On Dec. 8 the U.S. Attorney’s Office and Mosley, “desiring to avoid further litigation,” entered into a settlement resolving all the issues surrounding the seizure of the money, according to Judge Kallon’s order in the case.
While Mosley is getting back most of the money federal agents seized, he agreed to forfeit $176,960, which represents $151,960 of the money found in the safe in May 2010 and the $25,000 seized from his house in November 2010.
Mosley also agreed to dismiss the federal government as a defendant in his countersuit, but not against the City of Birmingham and Alabama Lock & Key.
Under the settlement both Mosley and federal prosecutors are to bear their own costs of the litigation, including attorney fees.
A statement from Mosley’s attorneys, Joel Dillard and Tommy Spina, partially reads, “Paragraph 10 of our settlement agreement, which is a public document, requires that Mr. Mosley and his counsel refrain from making unnecessary or voluntary statements regarding its terms. It does not prevent comment upon his remaining claims against the City of Birmingham and Alabama Lock & Key, the parties who actually seized his property for no good reason. In our opinion, it is obvious now that they took advantage of him because he was young and male and Black.”
In a retort, Birmingham City Attorney Ralph Cook claimed, “We certainly don’t agree with the asserted allegations. We will examine the case to determine what happened and the appropriate way to resolve the case, either by trial or otherwise.”
Read Mosley’s settlement here.