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Reno Woman Pleads Guilty to Transporting Stolen Money

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 30, 2004

Las Vegas, Nev. -  A Reno woman who transported over $148,000 in stolen money across state lines to California has pleaded guilty to the felony offense of Interstate Transportation of Stolen Money, announced Daniel G. Bogden, United States Attorney for the District of Nevada.

LANIE STOVALL, age 45, of Reno, Nevada, pleaded guilty today before U.S. District Court Judge Larry R. Hicks, and is facing up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine when she is sentenced on April 15, 2004.

On August 4, 2001, shortly after midnight, STOVALL picked up accomplice Muriel Rucker from the Cal-Neva Hotel and Casino in Reno. Rucker, who was employed as a security guard at the Cal-Neva, had just stolen $148,000 in cash as part of a plan the pair had to steal the money and leave their residences in Reno. STOVALL and Rucker then drove to California with the stolen money. Approximately six months later, on January 25, 2002, STOVALL was arrested at a hotel in Reno. The following day, Rucker was arrested in Guadalajara, Mexico. Rucker was later convicted in the Second Judicial District Court for the State of Nevada, Washoe County, on charges of embezzlement, and she is currently serving a term of imprisonment.

STOVALL is in custody pending sentencing.

This case is being investigated by Special Agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Detectives with the Reno Police Department, and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Paul Pugliese.

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