Monroeville Woman Pleads Guilty in Money Laundering Scheme
PITTSBURGH, Pa. - A resident of Monroeville, Pa., pleaded guilty in federal court to a charge of money laundering conspiracy, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.
LaShaun Brown, 41, pleaded guilty to one count before Chief United States District Judge Gary L. Lancaster.
In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that Brown was the paramour of Victor Allen, who has pleaded guilty to money laundering and tax charges in federal court, and to drug charges in the state court. She laundered money by placing the proceeds of criminal activity in bank accounts not in her name or in Victor Allen's name.
Judge Lancaster scheduled sentencing for Aug. 24, 2012 at 9:30 a.m. The law provides for a total sentence of 20 years in prison, a fine of $500,000, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed is based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the criminal history, if any, of the defendant.
Assistant United States Attorney Stephen R. Kaufman is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.
The Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Brown.