Wichita Man Admits Helping Son Launder Cash From Cocaine Trafficking
WICHITA, KAN. – A Wichita man has admitted helping his son launder cash from cocaine trafficking by using it to purchase real estate, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said today.
Juvenal G. Fernandez, 57, Wichita, Kan., pleaded guilty to one count of misprision for failing to report his son’s cocaine trafficking activities to police.
Juvenal G. Fernandez was one of 14 defendants indicted in March 2012 on charges of taking part in an organization headed by his son, Juvenal Fernandez, Jr., that trafficked cocaine in the Wichita area. The indictment alleged Juvenal G. Fernandez’s role in the case was to receive cash derived from drug trafficking and to use it to purchase real estate.
In his plea, Juvenal G. Fernandez admitted he knew his son was trafficking in cocaine and laundering cash through the purchase of real estate and vehicles. He admitted that beginning in 2006 he received money wire transfers from unknown sources in Mexico that were deposited in his personal account at Emprise Bank. A few days after a wire transfer of $13,000 on March 27, 2006, he opened an account under the name Remnew Construction at Emprise Bank. He purchased several properties using money from his son’s drug trafficking. Some of the properties were titled under the name of Juvenal G. Fernandez, but his son continued to exercise control over the assets and received the profits from the sale of real estate.
Sentencing is set for April 1. He faces a maximum penalty of three years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000.
Juvenal Fernandez Jr., 31, Wichita, Kan., who is set for sentencing Feb. 4.
Aaron Gomez, 33, Wichita, who was sentenced to 50 months.
Kristian Fernandez, 28, Wichita, who was sentenced to 48 months.
Mario Cantu, 30, Wichita, who was sentenced to 30 months.
Rito Mejia Jr, 55, Wichita, who is set for sentencing Jan. 28.
Francisco Cobos, 27, Wichita, who was sentenced to 46 months.
Alejandro De La Torre-Barrios, 23, Wichita, who is set for sentencing Feb. 11.
Desmond Yankey, 27, Wichita, who is awaiting trail.
Maria Machuca, 44, Wichita, who is set for sentencing Feb. 4.
Daniel Carrero, 20, Amarillo, Texas, who is set for jury trial Feb. 12.
Mario Machuca, 35, Amarillo, Texas, who is awaiting trial.
Sandra Lozoria, 24, Wichita, who is set for sentencing Feb. 11.
Grissom commended the Wichita Police Department, the Drug Enforcement Administration and Assistant U.S. Attorney Aaron Smith for their work on the case.