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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of New York

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, June 20, 2019

Miami Company Sentenced to Pay $500,000 Fine For Structuring Financial Transactions

ALBANY, NEW YORK – Latam Games, LLC of Miami, Florida, was sentenced today to pay a $500,000 fine following its guilty plea to structuring financial transactions to evade currency reporting requirements.

The announcement was made by United States Attorney Grant C. Jaquith; Ray Donovan, Special Agent in Charge of the New York Field Division of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA); and Jonathan D. Larsen, Special Agent in Charge of the Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI), New York Field Office.

A bank is required to report a customer’s deposits of more than $10,000 in currency in a single transaction.  According to the plea agreement, between March 2013 and June 2013, to avoid these reports, Latam Games’s corporate officers broke cash deposits into amounts of less than $10,000 and deposited these smaller amounts in Florida, California, and New Jersey.  For example, the company deposited $4,240 on March 18, 2013, $7,445 on March 19, and $9,560 on March 20.  The company deposited $9,045 on April 25, 2013, and $9,000 the following day.

Latam Games admitted that it willfully violated federal law against structuring as part of a pattern of illegal activity involving more than $100,000 in a 12-month period.

Latam Games and another company, Crescent Marketing, Inc. previously forfeited $2,076,155.11 to the United States. 

This case was investigated by the DEA and IRS-CI, and was prosecuted by First Assistant U.S. Attorney Elizabeth C. Coombe and investigated by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeffrey Coffman.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Adam Katz represented the United States in the civil forfeiture action.

Topic(s): 
Asset Forfeiture
Updated June 21, 2019