LAWFUEL – The Law News Network – R. Alexander Acosta, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Brian Wimpling, Special Agent in Charge, Internal Revenue Service, Andrew A. Apollony, Acting Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Ken Jenne, Sheriff, Broward Sheriff’s Office, announced today that a federal grand jury sitting in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, returned a seven (7) count indictment charging attorneys MARC F. DESIDERIO and LOEL H. SEITEL, with money laundering, obstruction of justice, and causing a person to making a false statement to a federal law enforcement official, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 371, 1503, 1001 and 1956(h).
Specifically, defendant Desiderio is charged with Conspiracy to Commit Money Laundering (Count 1); Money Laundering (Count 2); Conspiracy to Obstruct Justice (Count 3); Obstruction of Justice (Count 4); and False Statement (Count 5). Defendant Seitel is charged with Conspiracy to Commit Money Laundering (Count 1); Money Laundering (Count 2); Conspiracy to Obstruct Justice (Count 3); and Obstruction of Justice (Count 6).
According to the Indictment, the defendants accepted $500,000 in cash that they believed was derived from a loan sharking operation to finance the purchase of property in South Miami and construct a gymnasium. In fact, the cash was the proceeds of drug sales. The cash was delivered to the defendants by Jeffrey Tobin, who, along with others, has been convicted of operating a RICO enterprise engaged in, among other things, the distribution of multi-kilogram quantities of marijuana.
Additionally, the Indictment alleges that the defendants leased houses in New Jersey to store cash that they understood to be the proceeds of the illegal loan sharking operation in New Jersey. The proceeds were, in fact, derived from the sale of marijuana.
Mr. Acosta commended the investigative efforts of the IRS, FBI and the Broward County Sheriff’s Office. The case is being prosecuted by Strike Force Chief, J. Brian McCormick and Assistant United States Attorney Michael Dittoe.
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 .