LAWFUEL – Law News Network – R. Alexander Acosta, United S…

LAWFUEL – Law News Network – R. Alexander Acosta, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, and Mark R. Trouville, Special Agent in Charge, Drug Enforcement Administration, announced today that John A. Garcia, a West Palm Beach attorney, made his initial appearance in U.S. District Court in Ft. Pierce, on September 20, 2006, and was released on a $100,000 personal surety bond. Garcia was charged by Information, Case No. 06-80128-Cr-Hurley, with three (3) counts of illegal structuring of cash deposits to avoid a currency transaction report, in violation of Title 31, United States Code, Section 5324(a)(3), and one count of making a false statement to agents of the Drug Enforcement Administration, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1001. Garcia also faces criminal forfeiture of at least $42,000 related to his drug money structuring activities. If convicted, Garcia faces up to ten (10) years on each structuring charge, and five (5) years imprisonment for the false statement.

The Information alleges that Garcia lied to Special Agents of the Drug Enforcement Administration when he said that: (1) he had no financial or equitable interest in the construction of a residence in the name of Joel McDermott located in a real estate development known as “Olympia,” and (2) he did not purchase cashier’s checks from Bank of America for the residence of Joel McDermott located in a real estate development known as “Olympia.” The Information alleged Garcia had a financial and equitable interest in the residence in “Olympia” being constructed in the name of Joel McDermott and that he had purchased several cashier’s checks at Bank of America with cash given to him by Joel McDermott. The Information also alleged that Garcia caused those checks to be tendered to Minto Homes for the benefit of Joel McDermott and a home McDermott was building in “Olympia.

Mr. Acosta commended for their investigative efforts of the Drug Enforcement Administration. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Stephen Carlton and John S. Kastrenakes, and Asset Forfeiture Assistant United States Attorney Antonia Barnes.

A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida at www.usdoj.gov/usao/fls. Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Southern District of Florida at www.flsd.uscourts.gov or on http://pacer.flsd.uscourts.gov.

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