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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Louisiana

Friday, September 22, 2017

Nicarguian Pleads Guilty to 18-Year-Old Rico Indictment

Acting U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans announced that ERWIN J. MIERISCH, JR., age 49, of Nicaragua, pled guilty to a one-count Indictment charging him with violating the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act.


According to court documents, MIERISCH, along with co-defendants ROBERTO GAMBINI and JOSE ESTEBAN MCEWAN, conspired to launder drug proceeds and to assault the plaintiff in a Texas civil case to prevent her from testifying.  The Indictment was handed down on July 9, 1999.  GAMBINI pleaded guilty in 2000 and was eventually deported to his native Italy.  The third defendant, MCEWAN, died in Nicaragua several years ago. 


MIERISCH was a fugitive since the Indictment was returned.  He was detained in Mexico City in December of 2016, and brought to this country to face the charge.


MIERISCH faces a maximum 20 years imprisonment, followed by up to 3 years supervised release, a fine of $250,000 or the greater of twice the gross gain to the defendant or twice the gross loss to any individual or entity, and a $100 special assessment. U.S. District Judge Sarah S. Vance set sentencing for December 13, 2017.


Acting U.S. Attorney Evans praised the work of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Homeland Security Investigations in investigating this matter. Assistant United States Attorney Michael E. McMahon is in charge of the prosecution.

Updated September 22, 2017