I recently had a good outcome in a federal case that I thought others should know about. My client was indicted on one count of conspiracy to commit international money laundering and three counts of structuring financial transactions in order to wire drug money to the Dominican Republic. The prosecutor’s theory was that my client wired money to the Dominican Republic that was proceeds from a larger drug conspiracy. This was the basis for the conspiracy count. The prosecutor also argued that my client wired the money in transactions under $10,000 to avoid the federal reporting requirement and thus avoid suspicion. Federal law requires that banks have customers report to the federal government how much money they are wiring, when, where, and to whom when a customer sends more than $10,000.00. Based on these charges, my client was looking at 5 or more years in jail, despite that my client had a clean record and had managed to keep a clean record late into life. The charges also required that a judgment be instituted against my client for the total amount of money wired, which was over $20,000.00
The federal prosecutor had a number of problems with proving their case. We were going to be able to put on a strong defense to the charges. The case went right up until the government offered to file a new charge and dismiss the other charges, if my client would plead guilty to the new charge. My client decided to accept the offer, pled guilty, and received a sentence of probation and a fine of $5,000.00. This was a far cry from the 5 or more years in federal prison she was looking at and the $20,000+ money judgment that would have been instituted against her. I consider this a successful outcome for my client, and one that she would not have had without an attorney.
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