Carole owned and operated Mrs. Lady’s Mexican Food—a popular Mexican restaurant near Spirit Lake, Iowa for 38 years. She has lived in Spirit Lake for 40 years. Spirit Lake is a quiet vacation town in Northern Iowa, about 90 miles outside of Sioux City. It’s where she raised two children and where she now spends much of her free time with her grandchildren.
Civil Forfeiture | Private Property
The IRS seized Carole’s money using civil forfeiture, which allows law enforcement agencies to take cash, cars and other property without so much as charging the property owner with a crime.