Newport Center Man Sentenced to Probation for Failing to Report More Than $10,000 in Cash at the United States/Canadian Border
Burlington, VT – Tristram J. Coffin, the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont stated that Jean Rondeau, 65, of Newport Center, Vermont, was sentenced yesterday by U.S. District Judge William K. Sessions III, to one year of probation for knowingly and willfully transporting over $10,000 in cash from Canada into the United States without declaring the money by filing a required report at the border. Rondeau forfeited the amount of $24,000 in cash to the United States in connection with this felony offense.
According to court documents, Rondeau told border officials that he possessed about $5,000 in cash when, as he well knew, he possessed over $34,000 in Canadian and United States funds. Also at the border, he signed a written declaration stating that he possessed approximately $5,000. When border officials asked him to empty his pockets, he produced a large amount of cash. Additional cash was located in the glove compartment of his truck. His mother was a passenger in the truck and, just before they reached the border, Rondeau also secreted his wallet in his mother's purse. That wallet contained another large amount of cash.
Rondeau was indicted by a federal grand jury on October 27, 2011 and pled guilty to the offense on May 23, 2012.
This case was investigated by the United States Border Patrol and Homeland Security Investigations. The United States Attorney, Tristram J. Coffin commends those agencies for their work. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney, Nancy J. Creswell. Rondeau was represented by David Sleigh, Esq.