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February 15, 2007 - United States Attorney Patrick L. Meehan today announced the filing today of an Indictment* against defendants Carrie Harter and Donald Voght, charging them with one count of conspiring to distribute 500 grams or more of a mixture or substance containing methamphetamine, in violation of 21 U.S.C.§ 846, three counts of distribution of a mixture or substance containing methamphetamine, in violation of 21 U.S.C. §§ 841(a)(1), (b)(1)(B) and (b)(1)(C), one count of conspiracy to launder money, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1956(h), and nineteen counts of money laundering, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1956(a). In addition, the Indictment charges defendant Carrie Harter only with a fourth count of distribution of a mixture or substance containing methamphetamine, in violation of 21 U.S.C. §§ 841(a)(1), (b)(1)(B), and a twentieth count of money laundering, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1956(a).

According to the Indictment, defendant Carrie Harter, located in or about Fullerton, California, sold and shipped methamphetamine to her brother, defendant Donald Voght, located in or about northern Virginia, including Leesburg and Ashburn, typically by shipping the drugs to defendant Voght through third-party businesses, including Federal Express, the United States Postal Service, and Mail Boxes Etc. Defendant Voght then sold that methamphetamine to his own drug customers located in or about Pennsylvania, including in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, Virginia, the District of Columbia, Maryland, Delaware, and New York. Defendant Harter also distributed methamphetamine to drug customers introduced to her by defendant Voght, including a special agent of the Drug Enforcement Administration, working in an undercover capacity in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The defendants also utilized third-party businesses in order to launder the proceeds of their drug distribution activities, including by utilizing Western Union, Federal Express, accounts held at Bank of America, and an undercover bank account held by the Drug Enforcement Administration in Philadelphia at Wachovia Bank, held in the nominee name of “CPU Electronics, Inc.,” a fictitious company. The Indictment alleges that the defendants provided the undercover agent with over $109,000 in drug currency for the purpose of attempting to launder and conceal those funds through the nominee bank account. Defendant Voght also created a fictitious company, entitled “Spin Digital Solutions,” and created and maintained phony business records in the name of that company, in order to attempt to conceal the income and expenses attributable to his drug distribution activities as the income and expenses of legitimate business activity.


DEFENDANT

ADDRESS


AGE [Date of Birth]
Carrie Harter
Fullerton, California
50
Donald Voght
Ashburn, Virginia
48

If convicted, each defendant faces a maximum possible sentence of life imprisonment, a mandatory 10-year period of imprisonment, a lifetime of supervised release, a mandatory 5-year period of supervised release, a fine of $20,750,000 (defendant Harter) or $18,500,000 (defendant Voght), and a special assessment of $2,600 (defendant Harter) or $2,400 (defendant Voght).

The case was investigated by the United States Drug Enforcement Administration and has been assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Peter D. Hardy.


UNITED STATES ATTORNEY'S OFFICE
EASTERN DISTRICT, PENNSYLVANIA
Suite 1250, 615 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Contact:
RICH MANIERI
Media Contact
215.861.8525

*An Indictment or Information is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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