Judge orders $1M returned to stripper

Published On: Jul 24 2013 10:09:56 AM EDT
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A federal judge has ordered police in Nebraska to return $1 million confiscated from an exotic dancer during a traffic stop.

Tara Mishra, 33, of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., had been saving the money $1 at a time since age 18 to start her own business and get out of the exotic dancing business, according to ABC News.

Nebraska state troopers confiscated the money when they pulled her and a friend over for speeding in March 2012.

The bills were wrapped in $10,000 bundles and were stashed in the trunk of a rental car they were driving to Chicago, ABC News reported.

Troopers thought it was drug money, and while traces of illegal drugs were found on the money, authorities found no evidence of drugs in the car.

The judge ordered Mishra receive cash or a check for $1,074,000 with interest.

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