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February 16, 2011

BOSTON, Mass. - A Milton man was convicted today in federal court of marijuana, fraud and money laundering charges.

RICHARDSON RHAU, 36, of Milton, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge DouglasP. Woodlock to conpiracy to possess with intent to distribute marijuana, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, access device fraud and money laundering.

At today’s plea hearing, the prosecutors told the Court that had the marijuana case proceeded to trial, the Government’s evidence would have proven that on August 17, 2009, RHAU and two other men were arrested at an industrial park located on Kerry Place in Norwood while they were unloading over 100 kilograms of marijuana. The prosecutors also told the court that had the fraud case proceeded to trial, the Government’s evidence would have proven that in January and February 2009, RHAU used an ATM card in someone else’s name to access a bank account which was opened using a stolen identity and funded with proceeds of wire fraud. RHAU also caused a check in the amount of $19,500 to be drawn on the same account.

Sentencing is scheduled for May 20, 2011. RHAU faces up to 20 years imprisonment, to be followed by five years of supervised release and a $2,000,000 fine.

United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz, Steven Derr, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration - Boston Field Division and William P. Offord, Special Agent in Charge of the Internal Revenue Service’s Criminal Investigation in Boston made the announcement today. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Christopher F. Bator of Ortiz’s Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force and Kristina E. Barclay of Ortiz’s Economic Crimes Unit.


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