State v. Ms. O (DMC No. 14836) – Felony Money Laundering ($25,000) and Felony Conspiracy – Not Charged Due to Cooperation and Testimonial Agreement – Pinal County Sheriff’s Office and Arizona Attorney’s Office Investigated. Ms. O had befriended a man by the name of Francis and had begun dating him. While she was dating him, he always had money but was unemployed. He claimed he was a refrigeration repairman. However, his house always smelled of marijuana and many people were coming in and out of the residence.
He would ask her to constantly deposit cash into a bank account which she opened. That account was initially shut down at the first bank because it was “a risk to the institution.” She then opened a second account at another bank and began depositing money into that bank account. She began observing her boyfriend packaging marijuana in five-gallon paint buckets, and he would ask her to go to the PO Box in order to ship the packages. He was eventually arrested and the police contacted her about potential Money Laundering in regard to the bank deposits. She then retained our services, and we then became involved.
We contacted the Pinal Count Sheriff’s Office and the Arizona Attorney General’s office in order to negotiate a “Cooperation Deal.” Due to Ms. O’s cooperation, she was never charged with any crimes. Her ex-boyfriend was ultimately charged with multiple counts of Transportation of Marijuana and Conspiracy, along with multiple co-defendants. If Ms. O was also convicted (as was her boyfriend) she would have gone to prison as well.