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Case Number: 4:19-cr-02741-JAS-JR
Judge: James A. Soto
Court: United States District Court for the District of Arizona (Pima County)
Plaintiff's Attorney: United States Attorney’s Office
Description: Tucson, AZ: Money laundering criminal defense lawyer represented Defendant, Carlos Antonio Vasquez, 41, of Nogales, Arizona, indicted for conspiracy to commit money laundering.
Between February 2017 and August 2019, Vasquez, while branch manager at a bank in Rio Rico, conspired to launder money for a group of individuals to conceal the illegal source of the funds. As part of this conspiracy, the money laundering organization brought Mexican citizens into the bank and Vasquez set up accounts for them for the purpose of sending illegal funds back to Mexico. Once the bank accounts were established, the money laundering organization openly handed cash to the Mexican citizens for deposit into the funnel accounts. The Mexican citizens then wired the funds into Mexican bank accounts under the direction of the money laundering organization.
Vasquez admitted that these funnel bank accounts enabled Vasquez and his branch to appear to have attracted new customers for the bank, improving the bank’s sales performance. Vasquez also admitted to knowing that the head of the money laundering organization was a former customer of the bank and that the funds moving through the accounts were proceeds of unlawful conduct. Vasquez personally authorized 42 wire transfers out of the funnel accounts to bank accounts in Mexico in the amount of $357,883. Over the course of the conspiracy, the money laundering organization allegedly moved over 10 million dollars in drug proceeds through the bank.
U.S. Homeland Security Investigations Nogales and U.S. Internal Revenue Service conducted the investigation in this case. Elizabeth S. Boison and Margaret Moeser, U.S. Department of Justice, Bank Integrity Unit, and Mary Sue Feldmeier, Wallace H. Kleindienst, and Robert A. Fellrath, United States Attorney’s Office, District of Arizona, Tucson, handled the prosecution.
Outcome: Defendant was sentenced to 30 months in prison.
JUDGMENT AND COMMITMENT ISSUED as to Carlos Antonio Vasquez (1), Count(s) 1, 2, 3, 4, Dismissed; Count(s) 5, THIRTY (30) MONTHS, with credit for time served. Upon release from imprisonment, the defendant shall be placed on supervised release for a term of THREE (3) YEARS. Special Assessment $100.00. Defendant shall self-surrender to the United States Marshal Service by noon on 10/1/2021. Signed by Judge James A Soto on 9/1/2021.(TAD) Modified on 9/2/2021 (TAD). (Entered: 09/02/2021)