United States v. Blarek
United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York
7 F. Supp. 2d 192 (E.D.N.Y. 1998)
Antony Blarek and Frank Pellecchia (defendants) were interior designers who entered into a money laundering scheme for their drug-dealer client, Jose Santacruz Londono. Blarek and Pellecchia were involved in the planning and systemic operation of the highly profitable scheme for years. Blarek and Pellecchia were lured into the scheme by Santacruz, however, and neither defendant ever used a weapon, engaged in any acts of violence, or had a previous criminal record. After Blarek and Pellecchia were convicted of conspiracy to commit racketeering and money laundering, the judge had to determine the appropriate sentence for each man based on the federal sentencing guidelines and the particular circumstances of the case.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Weinstein, J.)
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