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The DOJ's Letter to OSU

The DOJ's Letter to OSU

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The letter form the Department of Justice that kicked everything off.
The letter form the Department of Justice that kicked everything off.

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Published by: elevenwarriors on Apr 28, 2011
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U.S.Departmentof
Justice
UnitedSlatesAttorneySouthernDistrictofOhio
303MarconiBoulevard
Suite
2011Columbus,Ohio132/5(6/
t/)
469-57/5(614)469-6895
December7,
2010
SandraAndersonAssociateVicePresidentandDeputyGeneralCounselTheOhl0StateUniversityOfficeofLegalAffairs
1590
N.
Highst.,suite
500
Columbus,Ohio
4j201
DearMs.Anderson,Th:LsofficehasbeehinvolvedinacriminalinvestigationofEdwardRifefornarcoticstrafficking.Mr.RiferunsabusinessknownasFineLineTattoosandPiercings,locatedat2762SullivantAve.,Columbus,Ohio.Inthecourseoftheinvestigation,asearchwarrantwasexecutedatMr.Rife'sresidenceandasignificantamountofOSUsportsmemorabiliawassei~ed.WeintendtoeitherforfeitthismemorabiliaassubstituteassetsforMr.Rife'sdrugtraffickingproceedsorreturntheseitemstoMr.Rifeshouldwebeabletoresolvetheforfeitureissueswithoutthenecessityofsellingthememorabilia.Attachedtothisletterisalistoftheitemsseizedintheinvestigation.Asyouwillseefromthelist,manyoftheitemsseizedwereacquiredfromEbayandautographedatvarioussigningevents.Hcweve
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severaloftheitemsseizedappeal:'tohavebelongedtoOBUfootball
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rsand/or'I'heOhioStateUniversityatsomepointintime.1h08eitemsincludeBigTenChampionshiprings,trophiesandOSUuniforms.Mr.Rifeclaimstheseitemswereprovidedtohimasgiftsand/orpurchasedfromcertainplayers,whomhehasmetthroughhisTattooShop.'ThereisnoallegationthatanyoftheseplayerswereinvolvedinorhadknowledgeofMr.Rife'sdrugtraffickingactivities.However,beforeseizingtheseitems,wewanttomakecertainthatneitherTheOhioStateUniversitynortheplayersinvolvedclaimanyownershipinterestintheitemsbeingseized.
 
Weareseekingyourassistanceinprovidingnoticetotheplayerswhoappeartohavehadanownershipinterestinoneormoreoftheseitems,atleastatonetime.AsyouwillBeefromtheattachedlist,thoseplayersinclude:Ifyouwillprovideusaddresses,wewillsendnoticestotheplayersdirectly.Ifyouprefertoforwardthenoticesdirectlytotheplayers,wewouldappreciatereceivingwrittenconfirmationthatthenoticesweresentandthemailingdate.Wewillnotproceedwiththeforfeitureoftheseitemsforsixtydaysfromthedateofnotificationtoallowanyone,whowishestomakeaclaimofownership,sufficienttimetonotifyusofthebasisofhisorherclaim.Toresolvethismatterinatimelyfashion,pleasecontactoneoftheundersignedAssistantUnitedStatesAttorneysat(614),469-5715byDecember21,2010toadvisehowyouwishtoaddresstheissueofnot.icetotheplayers,Ifyouhaveanyquestions,donothesitatetocall.Thankyouforyourcooperationinthismatter.verytrulyyours,CARTER
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2003OhioStateNationalChampionshipRing--TostitosFiestaBowl
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2008BigTenChampionshipring(incase)
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Diamondring
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