Another shot fired in the “War on Cash”
Editor’s note: You’ll find the text version of the story below the video.
Lyndon McLellan owns the L&M Convenience Mart in rural North Carolina. A few months ago, the Internal Revenue Service went to McLellan’s bank and seized all the cash in his store’s account.
McLellan had violated a “structuring” law by making cash deposits of under $10,000. Structuring laws are supposed to catch drug traffickers and money launderers. But small business owners can also unknowingly run afoul of these laws.
Last July, a swarm of officers from North Carolina’s Alcohol and Law Enforcement, the local police and the FBI descended on McLellan’s place of business.
The agents told the small business owner something that shook him to his core: The Internal Revenue Service had seized all of the money in L&M’s bank account: $107,702.66.
“‘Are you telling me you took my money?'” McLellan recalled asking the agents. “I didn’t understand what was going on. They dropped a bomb on me. I was lost for five to 10 minutes. I can’t believe that y’all guys can walk in here and tell me y’all took every bit of my money out of the bank.”
The Daily Signal, May 11
McLellan is still fighting to get his money back.
“In 2005, the Internal Revenue Service made just 114 structuring seizures. By 2012, that number had risen to 639.”
This story shows how the government can financially upend the lives of citizens.
Consider this excerpt from the March Elliott Wave Theorist:
The most vulnerable money is sitting in bank accounts. Depositors in Cyprus banks found that out in 2013, when the government seized a large portion of uninsured deposits to pay its debts to the EU. …
… I have long advocated holding outright cash notes, which are already preserving value better than commodities and negative-interest-rate bonds. But we cannot depend upon government to act fairly. If in a future panic central banks opt to recall cash, even cash-holders will be doomed. All authorities need do is demand that people turn in their cash for new notes worth 1/10 as much. In 1933, the U.S. government confiscated gold because that was the money of the day. Now, dollar deposits and cash notes are the money of the day, and they are even easier to seize.
We’ve been updating subscribers on the “War on Cash.”
- JPMorgan Chase Bans Storage of Cash in its Safety Deposit Boxes (InfoWars)
- Citi Economist Says It Might Be Time to Abolish Cash (Bloomberg)
- Sweden moving towards cashless economy (CBSNews)
- Large U.S. bank bans wire transfers, limits cash withdrawals (TheCrux)
Giant financial institutions and the government are now waging a large-scale war on cash.
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This article was syndicated by Elliott Wave International and was originally published under the headline Why the IRS Seized All the Money from a Country Store. EWI is the world’s largest market forecasting firm. Its staff of full-time analysts led by Chartered Market Technician Robert Prechter provides 24-hour-a-day market analysis to institutional and private investors around the world.
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