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Saco Attorney Pleads Guilty to $177,500
Money Laundering Conspiracy

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 29, 2014

Contact: Daniel J. Perry
Assistant United States Attorney
Tel: (207) 780-3257

Portland, Maine: United States Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II announced that Gary
Prolman, Esq., 52, of Saco, pleaded guilty today in U.S. District Court in Portland to conspiracy
to launder $177,500 worth of marijuana trafficking proceeds.

According to court records, between 2011 and October 2013, David Jones and others
illegally distributed hundreds of pounds of marijuana in Maine and elsewhere. Between June and
September 2012, Prolman laundered about $177,500 worth of those drug proceeds by: (1) taking
cash from Jones to purchase an interest in Prolman’s sports agency business; (2) illegally
structuring cash deposits and cashier’s check purchases to avoid federal currency reporting
requirements; and (3) using structured cashier’s checks to jointly purchase real estate with Jones
in a transaction where only Prolman’s name appeared on the deed as the owner.

Prolman received three separate $50,000 cash installment payments, largely consisting of
low denomination bills delivered in a backpack. When Prolman attempted to deposit more than
$10,000 from the first $50,000 installment into bank accounts he controlled, a bank teller advised
him of the federal currency reporting requirement for deposits exceeding $10,000. Under federal
law, financial institutions that receive more than $10,000 in cash from a customer are required to
report the transaction to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Structuring occurs when a customer
breaks up cash transactions into multiple increments of less than $10,000 to avoid this cash
transaction reporting requirement. Structuring is illegal under federal law and is commonly
associated with the laundering of drug proceeds. After being advised of the reporting
requirement by the bank teller, Prolman structured numerous cash deposits and paid $60,409 to
close the joint real estate purchase using seven structured cashier’s checks.

Prolman faces up to 20 years in prison, a $500,000 fine, or both. He will be sentenced
after the completion of a presentence investigation report by the U.S. Probation Office.

This case was investigated by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, and the IRS,
and resulted from the ongoing effort of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces
(OCDETF), a partnership between federal, state and local law enforcement agencies. The
principal mission of the OCDETF program is to identify, disrupt and dismantle the most serious
drug trafficking, weapons trafficking and money laundering organizations, and those primarily
responsible for the nation’s illegal drug supply.

 

 

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