Exotic dancer gets her money back

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) _ A California woman who says the government unjustly seized her life savings of more than $1 million in a Nebraska traffic stop will soon be getting the money _ plus interest _ back.

Roger Diamond, the attorney for 35-year-old exotic dancer Tara Mishra, of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., says the U.S. Attorney's Office in Omaha told him the government has given up its claim to the money.

A federal judge on Tuesday granted the government's request to dismiss its own appeal of a judge's order earlier this year to return the money.

The U.S. Attorney's Office did not immediately answer questions asking why it dropped the appeal.

Mishra sued last year after a trooper confiscated the cash. Government lawyers had said the money was connected to illegal drugs.

Mishra says she planned to use the money to have part ownership in a night club in New Jersey and get out of the stripping business.

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