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Pittsburgh Woman Sentenced To 5 Years In Prison For Laundering Drug Money

March 22, 2011

PITTSBURGH, Pa. ‑ A resident of Pittsburgh, Pa., has been sentenced in federal court to 63 months (five years, three months) in prison followed by three years supervised release on her conviction of money laundering, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

United States District Judge David S. Cercone imposed the sentence on Jody Taylor, 52.

According to information presented to the court, between 2005 and approximately June 2008, while running a daycare center out of her home, Taylor financed trips to Newark, New Jersey, where drug couriers obtained multi‑kilogram quantities of heroin from a Newark source‑of‑supply, for distribution in the Pittsburgh area. The couriers obtained the funds for the heroin purchases from Taylor, often $100,000 to $200,000 for each trip. On March 6, 2008, police officers from Penn Hills and the Allegheny County Police Department executed a search warrant at Taylor's Penn Hills residence where $102,535 in drug proceeds were recovered.

Taylor also wired drug proceeds to various nominees in the Dominican Republic intended for her sister, Angie Morgan, who was then a fugitive from related drug charges in Allegheny County.

Prior to imposing sentence, Judge Cercone stated that the defendant played an important part in the conspiracy, describing drug activity as the "scourge of our streets."

Assistant United States Attorney Margaret E. Picking prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.

U.S. Attorney Hickton commended the Allegheny County Police Department and the Internal Revenue Service‑Criminal Investigation for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Taylor.

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