Las Vegas Man Sentenced on Marijuana and Money Laundering Charges
Anthony Wills Led Large-Scale, Multi-State Marijuana and Money Laundering Operations
SYRACUSE, NEW YORK – Anthony Wills, age 37, of Las Vegas, Nevada, was sentenced yesterday to serve 70 months in prison for his role in marijuana and money laundering conspiracies, announced United States Attorney Grant C. Jaquith and Vadim D. Thomas, Special Agent in Charge of the Albany Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
Anthony Wills pled guilty on April 15, 2016 and admitted that between January 2011 and August 2015, he conspired with a Utica resident and others to possess with intent to distribute and distribute 100 kilograms or more of marijuana. As part of the conspiracy, Wills and other co-conspirators frequently obtained marijuana from different sources of supply in California and shipped or caused the marijuana to be shipped to various parts of the United States, including the Utica, New York area. In pleading guilty, Wills admitted that through his participation in the marijuana conspiracy he was personally responsible for more than 100 but less than 400 kilograms of marijuana.
To pay for the marijuana that was shipped to them in Utica, co-conspirators made cash deposits into various bank accounts, some held in the names of third party nominees, which were then withdrawn immediately in Las Vegas by Wills or by others members of the conspiracy acting at his direction. The co-conspirators in Utica, New York, also mailed or caused to be delivered, cash or blank money orders to Wills as payment for the marijuana. Wills then purchased additional marijuana from sources of supply in Northern California.
Wills knew these financial transactions involved proceeds from the marijuana distribution conspiracy and were done to conceal the true nature, source, and control of the funds. As part of his guilty plea Wills admitted that by his participation conspiracy he was responsible for laundering $1,274,310.00, in drug proceeds.
In addition to his term of imprisonment, Wills was also sentenced to four years of supervised release and ordered to pay a money judgement in the amount of $1,274,310.
This case was investigated by the Syracuse Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Oneida County District Attorney’s Office, the New York State Police (NYSP), the United States Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF), and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Carl Eurenius and Oneida County Assistant District Attorney Grant Garramone.