Matt Mead

Judge orders Wyoming to return $92,000 seized by officers

A Wyoming judge ordered the state Friday to return nearly $92,000 seized from a musician during a traffic stop that resulted in no criminal charges or even an arrest, according to the man's attorney.

Attorney Dan Alban said Judge Peter Arnold ordered the state to return the full amount to Phil Parhamovich, an unexpected move in a case that began more than eight months ago. The First Judicial District Court in Wyoming confirmed the judge's order.

Attorney General Peter Michael said late Friday his office was preparing to return the money to Parhamovich.

He noted that Parhamovich had initially denied ownership of the money and said state law required a court hearing...