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United States v. Campbell
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Ellen Campbell, Defendant, a licensed real estate agent was working at Lake Norman Realty when Mark Lawing, a drug dealer, decided to buy a house with Lake Norman Realty. Lawing, driving his red Porsche or gold Porsche, met with Campbell multiple times to houses, during a five week period. Additionally, Lawing and Campbell had multiple phone conversations. Lawing told Campbell that he was an owner of a legitimate business, L & N Autocraft, which allegedly performed automobile service. At one point, Lawing brought a suitcase filled with $20,000 in cash to show Campbell his ability to purchase the house. Later, Lawing decided to settle on a house for $191,000 owned by Edward and Nancy Guy Fortier. Sara Fox, from Lake Norman Realty, was the listed real estate agent for that residence, so Lawing began to work with Fox. The Fortier’s and Lawing agreed on a price of $182,500 and entered into the written contract. Because Lawing was unable to secure a loan for the property, he told the Fortiers to accept $60,000 in cash, under the table, and to lower the contract price to $122,500. The Fortiers agreed. At closing, Lawing brought the $60,000 in small bundles in a brown paper grocery bag. Additionally, Lawing tipped box Fox and Campbell with a “couple of hundred dollars.” After closing, Campbell was indicted for money laundering in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1956 (a)(1)(B)(i) and found guilty by a jury. After the verdict, the district court granted Campbell’s motion for judgment of acquittal, and the Government appealed.
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