Eighth defendants sentenced in money laundering scheme
Anchorage, Alaska – U.S. Attorney Karen L. Loeffler announced that Christopher Bickell, the final defendant of the eight defendants indicted on June 21, 2011 by a federal grand jury in Anchorage for conspiracy to launder the proceeds of oxycodone distribution, U.S. District Court Judge Russel Holland imposed the sentence on Bickell.
Former Alaska resident Christopher Bickell, 25, was sentenced to 30 months in prison to be followed by 36 months of supervised release. The other seven sentences handed down recently in this case include:
Jordan Young, 24 – 60 months of probation, including 9 months of home confinement; Yale Gene Jordan, 28 – 50 months in prison and 36 months of supervised release; Mystri Simmons, 25 – 30 months in prison and 36 months of supervised release; Gary Zaremba, 27 – 30 months in prison and 36 months of supervised release;
Jaqueline Gattenby, 31 of Kenai – 60 months of probation, including 6 months of home detention; former Alaska resident Jonathen Gattenby, 29 – 60 months of probation, including 9 months of home detention. Jonathen Gattenby’s sentence will run concurrent with the sentence to be imposed in United States District Court, District of Nevada, U. S. v. Jonathen Gattenby, 2:10-cr-547-RLH, which is also a money laundering conspiracy case; and California resident Clent Baumann, 46 – 48 months in prison and 36 months of supervised release.
All eight defendants were charged with conspiracy to launder proceeds of the unlawful distribution of controlled substances, along with one or more counts of money laundering.
The indictment alleged that between December 2009, and August 4, 2010, the defendants conspired to launder the proceeds of the sales of oxycodone. The money-laundering charges alleged 18 financial transactions (wire transfers, deposits and withdrawals) affecting interstate commerce between Alaska and California, totaling over $90,000.
U.S. Attorney Karen Loeffler commends the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Internal Revenue Service - Criminal Investigation and the Anchorage Police Department for their investigation of this case.