West Mifflin Woman Laundered Money for Heroin Trafficker
PITTSBURGH - A West Mifflin, Pa., woman was convicted of conspiring to launder money, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.
Lori Page, 30, pled guilty before United States District Judge Nora Barry Fischer. Judge Fischer scheduled sentencing to occur on March 20, 2014, at 9 a.m.
In support of the guilty plea, the Court was informed that Page, from January 2012 through June 2012, rented, or arranged for the rental of, at least seven cars for a Pittsburgh-area heroin dealer. Page made payments to the rental car companies, either directly or through a female associate, totaling over $11,000. The funds Page used to cover the rentals were the proceeds of interstate heroin trafficking. Page was aware that the funds were from unlawful activity and that the rental transactions were designed to conceal those activities and the nature and source of the funds.
The law provides for a maximum total sentence of up to 20 years in prison, a fine of up to $500,000, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offense and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.
Assistant United States Attorney Craig W. Haller is prosecuting this case on behalf of the United States.
The Drug Enforcement Administration in Pittsburgh and New York, the Pennsylvania State Police, the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police, the Allegheny County Police Department, the Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office, the Wilkins Township Police Department, the East Pittsburgh Police Department, the New York Police Department, the Blair County District Attorney's Office, and the Allegheny County District Attorney's Office conducted the investigation leading to the conviction in this case.