Former Fugitive Pleads Guilty to Drug Conspiracy
Distributed 330 Pounds of Cocaine and Participated in a Mortgage Fraud Scheme
Will Also Forfeit over $914,000, 3 Luxury Vehicles, Property and Other Items
Baltimore, Maryland - Shawn Green, age 43, of Columbia, Maryland, pleaded guilty today to conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 5 kilograms of cocaine, announced United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein.
“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.”
According to the plea agreement, Shawn Green, aka “Heads” or “Big Head,” was identified by at least five cooperating sources as a significant cocaine dealer, who conspired with others to distribute cocaine in the Baltimore/Washington area. Each of the cooperating sources personally dealt with Green, who distributed multiple kilograms of cocaine from at least 1998 through March 2007. In February 2006, federal investigators conducting surveillance saw Green meet with two conspirators late at night at an IHOP parking lot in College Park, Maryland. Investigators seized approximately $600,000, which Green acknowledged he used for drug trafficking. Agents also recovered an additional $267,000 in drug money from one of Green’s co-conspirators. A subsequent search warrant at another conspirator’s residence recovered approximately $34,000 more in cash and drug tally sheets for more than 50 kilograms of cocaine. The drug talley sheets referenced Green as buying narcotics. Green also discussed with another individual his involvement in the $600,000 in drug money. Green admitted that as part of the conspiracy he is responsible for the distribution of 150 kilograms of cocaine.
In addition, Green worked with his mother Yolanda Crawley, David Lincoln, and Rachel Donegan to prepare fraudulent mortgage applications. The mortgage applications contained 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 allowed Green to secure loans for property at 2339 Eutaw Place, Baltimore, Maryland (then-valued at approximately $300,000).
“Money laundering constitutes a serious threat to our communities and to the integrity of our financial system,” stated C. André Martin, Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation Special Agent in Charge. “The IRS-Criminal Investigation is united with the rest of the law enforcement community in our resolve to financially disrupt criminal organizations that commit crimes against our economy.”
Upon the arrest of his mother, Yolanda Crawley, Green fled and was a fugitive until his arrest on December 14, 2008, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Green faces a maximum sentence of life in prison and a minimum mandatory sentence of 10 years in prison. U.S. District Judge J. Frederick Motz has scheduled sentencing for February 12, 2010 at 3:00 p.m.
As part of his plea agreement, Green has agreed to forfeit over $914,000 in cash, the property purchased in the mortgage fraud scheme, three luxury vehicles and a pickup truck, four bank accounts and one investment account.
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 praised the Immigration and Customs Enforcement - Drug Money Laundering Initiative, the Baltimore City Police Department, the Howard County Police Department and the Internal Revenue Service - Criminal Investigation for their investigative work in this case. Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant U.S. Attorney Kwame J. Manley, who is prosecuting the case.