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March 8, 2010
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FORMER FUGITIVE SENTENCED TO OVER 12 YEARS IN PRISON
FOR DRUG CONSPIRACY AND MORTGAGE FRAUD
Distributed 330 Pounds of Cocaine and Participated in a Mortgage Fraud Scheme;
Forfeits Over $914,000, Three Luxury Vehicles, and Property
Baltimore, Maryland - U.S. District Judge J. Frederick Motz sentenced Shawn Green, age 43, of Columbia, Maryland, today to151 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release for conspiring to distribute 330 pounds of cocaine. Judge Motz also ordered that Green forfeit over $914,000 in cash, property purchased in the mortgage fraud scheme, three luxury vehicles and a pickup truck, four bank accounts and an investment account.
The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Special Agent in Charge William Winter of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement; Baltimore Police Commissioner Frederick H. Bealefeld III; Chief William J. McMahon of the Howard County Police Department; and Special Agent in Charge C. Andre' Martin of the Internal Revenue Service - Criminal Investigation.
“We are going after drug dealers and the friends and relatives who help them hide criminal profits,” said U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein. “Our goal is to intercept their drugs, seize their cash and forfeit their houses, cars, jewelry and other assets.”
“Those who profit from trafficking drugs in our communities are a scourge to our society,” said William Winter, Special Agent in Charge for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in Baltimore. “ICE is committed to working with our law enforcement partners to identify, arrest and bring to justice those involved in these criminal organizations.”
“The IRS-Criminal Investigation plays a unique role in federal law enforcement’s counter-drug effort in that we target the profit and financial gains of narcotics traffickers,” stated C. André Martin, Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation Special Agent in Charge. “IRS-Criminal Investigation is committed to fighting the war on drugs along with our fellow federal, state and local law enforcement agencies.”
According to Green’s plea agreement, at least five individuals identified Shawn Green, aka “Heads” or “Big Head,” as a significant cocaine dealer who conspired to distribute cocaine in the Baltimore/Washington area. Green distributed cocaine from at least 1998 through March 2007.
In February 2006, federal investigators saw Green meet with two conspirators at an IHOP parking lot in College Park, Maryland. Investigators seized approximately $600,000, which Green used for drug trafficking. Agents also recovered an additional $267,000 in drug money from one of Green’s co-conspirators. A subsequent search at another conspirator’s residence recovered approximately $34,000 more in cash and drug tally sheets indicating Green purchased more than 110 pounds of cocaine.
In addition, Green worked with his mother Yolanda Crawley, David Lincoln and Rachel Donegan to prepare fraudulent mortgage applications containing false representations about the income and employment of Crawley and Green. The fraud scheme allowed Crawley to secure loans on behalf of Green for property at 10740 Versailles Boulevard, Wellington, Florida (then-valued at approximately $1,025,000); 477 Pacific Grove Drive, Unit Three, West Palm Beach, Florida (then-valued at approximately $500,000); and 7138 Natures Road, Columbia, Maryland (then-valued at approximately $316,000). The fraud scheme also allowed Green to secure loans for property at 2339 Eutaw Place, Baltimore, Maryland (then-valued at approximately $300,000).
Upon the arrest of his mother, Green fled and was a fugitive until his arrest on December 14, 2008, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Yolanda Crawley, age 60, of West Palm Beach, Florida, was sentenced on April 25, 2008 to two years in prison for wire fraud arising from the mortgage fraud scheme, and was ordered to pay restitution of $200,000. David Lincoln, age 39, and Rachel Donegan, age 40, both of Baltimore, pleaded guilty to the same charge and were sentenced to 15 months in prison and 18 months probation, respectively.
United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein thanked Assistant U.S. Attorney Kwame J. Manley, who prosecuted the case.