Attorney Pleads Guilty to Obstruction Charges
April 1 -- Martin C. Carlson, United States Attorney for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced today that Tom George Kontos, age 65, of San Diego, CA, pleaded guilty in federal court before United States District Court Judge Christopher C. Conner to a two-count felony information charging him with criminal conspiracy to obstruct justice and the forfeiture of 12 properties.
According to the U.S. Attorney Carlson, beginning in June 2007 through May 2008, Kontos was involved in the obstruction of a federal investigation into money laundering related to a large-scale drug trafficking organization spread across the country from Carlsbad, California; San Diego, California, and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. During the course of the investigation, Kontos, an attorney, provided and advised others to provide, false information to a subpoena issued by the Grand Jury concerning the ownership of property. As part of today’s guilty plea, Kontos has agreed to forfeit 12 properties related to the investigation. These properties include:
Kontos also faces a maximum of five years imprisonment and a fine of $250,000 for conspiracy to obstruct justice.
Sentencing has been scheduled for January 26, 2009.
This case is being investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration; Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigations and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Christy H. Fawcett.