DEFENDANT FOUND GUILTY OF STRUCTURING CURRENCY TRANSACTIONS
Little Rock - Christopher R. Thyer, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas, and Darryl Williams, Acting Special Agent in Charge of the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigations Nashville Field Office announced that John Doe, a/k/a Juan Manuel Duarte, was found guilty today of five counts of structuring currency transactions to evade the bank reporting requirements. The defendant was charged as John Doe as the United States maintains that Juan Manuel Duarte is not the defendant’s true identity.
On March 31, 2010, Doe a/k/a Duarte, made multiple cash deposits at Bank of America branches located in Jacksonville, North Little Rock, and Little Rock. In an attempt to circumvent the currency reporting requirements, Doe made one cash deposit in the amount of $9,000 and four cash deposits in the amount of $9,500 for a total of $47,000. Bank employees at one location notified other branches about his conduct. He was arrested in a Bank of America branch just after completing his last deposit at 4:15 p.m. that afternoon. An additional $4,000 in cash was located in his possession after arrest.
The $51,000 involved in the defendant’s illegal activities were seized and forfeited to the United States Treasury.
“Violations of our nation’s financial reporting laws are not merely technical infractions. This case illustrates that simply structuring a financial transaction in order to avoid a reporting requirement is a felony offense with serious penalties,” stated Thyer.
Williams added, “These reports help the government detect tax evasion and those who profit from illegal activities. IRS Criminal Investigation has increased its investigation of individuals who structure financial transactions in an attempt to hide the existence of large amounts of currency, no matter the source.”
Each structuring count carries a penalty of five years imprisonment and/or a $250,000 fine. The actual sentence will be determined by the Court at a later date. Doe has been and continues to remain in custody.
This investigation was conducted by agents from the Internal Revenue Service- Criminal Investigation Division. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Jana Harris and Angela Jegley.
Christopher R. Thyer
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