U.S. charges 18 in Colombian money-laundering case
Tuesday, June 29 2010 @ 04:07 pm EDT
Contributed by: Don Winner
An unnamed cooperating witness introduced U.S. agents to Colombian peso brokers. Undercover agents then spent months monitoring money-laundering operations in the United States, Panama and Guatemala, among other locations, a statement by the U.S. attorney's office said. Among those charged was Jader Gomez, who authorities allege told undercover agents he was trying to move $200 million in U.S. currency into Panama from Guatemala by plane and asked the undercover agents for help. "You take the head of the snake off, which is Gomez, then the rest of the snake is dead," Collier said. Each of the 18 was charged with one count of participating in a money-laundering conspiracy. The charge carries a maximum sentence of 20 years.