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United States v. Campbell

United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
977 F.2d 854 (1992)


Ellen Campbell (defendant) was a real estate agent in North Carolina. Mark Lawing sought to purchase a home through Campbell. Lawing was a drug dealer but told Campbell that he owned an automobile-customization company. Campbell arranged for Lawing to see 10 to 12 homes. Lawing arrived at the showings in a luxury car and carried his cellular phone with him. During one meeting, Lawing showed Campbell a briefcase containing $20,000 in cash. Lawing eventually sought to purchase a home for $182,500. Unable to secure a loan, Lawing requested that the sellers accept $60,000 under the table and lower the contract price to $122,500 so that his parents could secure a loan for him. The sellers agreed, and Campbell was present when Lawing brought $60,000 in cash in a brown paper bag and gave it to the sellers. At one point prior to the sale, Campbell told a colleague that she suspected Lawing’s funds might be drug money. After a jury trial, Campbell was convicted of money laundering in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1956(a)(1)(B)(i) and participating in a monetary transaction in property derived from criminal activity in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1957(a). Thereafter, the district court granted Campbell’s motion for acquittal. The district court’s order was appealed.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Ervin, C.J.)

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