Man guilty in USD 13.5 Million International Money Laundering Scheme

A 33-year-old Brazilian residing in Miami Rodrigo Molinawas found guilty on 11 of 16 charged counts related to a USD 13.5 million money laundering scheme. This was announced in the end of February by Acting Assistant Attorney General Rita M. Glavin of the Criminal Division and US Attorney R. Alexander Acosta of the Southern District of Florida.

Rodrigo Molina was found guilty on February 25, 2009. Court’s decision followed a 7-day jury trial in US District Court for the Southern District of Florida. Also, a 32-year-old Marcos Neto Macchione, a Brazilian national residing in Avenura, Fla was charged, and he pleaded guilty in June 2008 to the conspiracy of laundering USD 13.5 million in fraud proceeds. Molina and Macchione were arrested in Florida and 18 persons were arrested in Brazil. Molina and Macchione laundered the funds that were illegally obtained through the telemarketing
scheme.

In February 2009, Marcos Neto Macchione was sentenced to 70 months in prison, 2 years of supervised release, and ordered to forfeit bank accounts that contain about USD1.8 million in criminal proceeds.

Rodrigo Molina faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison on 5 counts of money laundering, 10 years on an additional 5 counts of money laundering, and 20 years on the conspiracy charge. Also, fines and terms of supervised release are possible.

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