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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Tennessee

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Irs Employee Charged With Laundering Drug Proceeds

Memphis, TN – Maggie Cooper, 62, of Memphis, TN, a 27-year veteran Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Tax Analyst, was indicted today in a 38-count indictment charging her with money laundering and money laundering conspiracy, announced Edward L. Stanton III, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee, and Christopher A. Henry, Special Agent in Charge of IRS-Criminal Investigation.

The indictment alleges that beginning in or about 2011 and continuing through September 2012, Cooper conspired with others to conduct financial transactions with proceeds obtained from marijuana trafficking. Specifically, Cooper would make purchases in her name with money derived from her co-conspirators’ unlawful activity, with the understanding that the purchased items would be paid for and owned by the co-conspirator, including the purchase of a 2007 Jaguar XKR.

The indictment further alleges that Cooper allowed bank accounts to be opened in her name for her co-conspirator to facilitate marijuana purchases and sales. If convicted, she faces a term of up to 20 years in prison. She also faces fines of up to $500,000 and criminal forfeiture as alleged in the indictment.

This investigation was conducted by IRS-Criminal Investigation, U.S. Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA), and the Memphis Police Department Organized Crime Unit. Assistant U.S. Attorney Deb Ireland represents the government.

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The charges and allegations contained in the indictment are merely accusations, and the defendants are considered innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Updated March 19, 2015