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Antonio Pena-Arguelles Sentenced To Federal Prison For Conspiracy To Commit Money Laundering

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Texas

In San Antonio, 58-year-old Antonio Pena-Arguelles, a citizen of Mexico, was sentenced to 30 months in federal prison for his role in a money laundering conspiracy announced United States Attorney Robert Pitman of the Western District of Texas, United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson of the Southern District of Texas, Acting Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent in Charge Steven S. Whipple, Houston Division, Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation Special Agent In Charge Steve McCollough, Homeland Security Investigations Special Agent In Charge Janice Ayala and Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott. 

Appearing before U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia this afternoon, Pena-Arguelles pleaded guilty to a one-count Superseding Information filed today charging him with conspiracy to commit money laundering.  In addition to the prison sentence imposed, Pena-Arguelles agreed to forfeit to the federal government approximately $5.5 million in U.S. currency and real estate property. 

Pena-Arguelles remains in federal custody.

This matter was investigated by the DEA, IRS-Criminal Investigation, HSI and the Texas Attorney General’s Office and prosecuted with the assistance of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Texas. 

Updated December 15, 2014