The U.S. Attorney for Nebraska filed the notice of appeal on Friday. The case will now go the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
In July, a federal judge ordered the government to return $1.07 million _ plus interest _ to Tasha Mishra, of Rancho Cucamonga, California. Mishra sued earlier this year, saying the cash taken in a March 2012 traffic stop was her life savings earned over years as an exotic dancer.
U.S. District Judge Joseph Bataillon said government lawyers failed to prove the money was connected to illegal drugs, as it had claimed, noting that Mishra showed she had paid income taxes on the money.