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Six Charged In Scheme To Launder Drug Money

June 20, 2012

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - Five residents of California, and one resident of Maryland, were indicted on June 12, 2012, by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on charges of violating federal money laundering laws, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

The one-count indictment named the following as defendants:

  • Coquese Alcorn, 63, of Antioch, California;
  • Tosha Asker, 36, of Pittsburg, California;
  • Alexandria Brown, 39, of Granada Hills, California;
  • Cindy Haughton, 41, of Antioch California;
  • Bridgette Morgan, 46, of Brentwood, California; and
  • Howard Weinberg, age 62, of Mt. Airy, Maryland

According to the indictment, the defendants are charged with participating in an 11-year-long conspiracy to launder drug money.

The law provides for a maximum total sentence of 20 years imprisonment, a fine of $500,000, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant United States Attorney Ross E. Lenhardt is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Drug Enforcement Administration and the Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation Division conducted the investigation leading to the Indictment in this case.

An indictment is merely an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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