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Marijuana Law – Keyed to Mikos
United States v. Corchado-Peralta
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Defendant met Colon in the early 1990s and got married in 1994. Defendant, at that time, was a student and a part time employee of a jewelry store. Currently, Defendant has a college degree in business associations. Colon testified that he held himself out to be a legitimate business man to his wife, and his wife never knew about his drug smuggling or money laundering schemes. Defendant performed many deposits and expenditures with Colon’s drug proceeds, such as writing and endorsing checks to purchase expensive cars, boats, real estate, and personal services, at Colon’s direction. Additionally, Defendant would make monthly payments to American Express; one time which she paid $18,384 in a single monthly payment. Overall, Defendant signed the majority of 253 checks, which contained a many hundreds of thousands of dollars of purchases. Likewise, Defendant signed tax records, which indicated that she knew her husbands legitimate business’ income was far less than the amount she was handling, only $12,390. At the end of the trial, the jury found Defendant guilty of co-conspiracy of money laundering and bank fraud. Defendant appeals.
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