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Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Ind. Decisions - More on: U.S. Supreme Court to hear Lake County definition of "money laundering" case

Joe Carlson of the NWI Times writes today, in a story that begins:

AST CHICAGO | The case of East Chicago's illegal "bolita" lottery, which once raked in hundreds of thousands of dollars in annual profits from city taverns, might wind up helping the nation's prosecutors define money laundering.

The U.S. Supreme Court agreed Monday to take up the case of Efrain Santos, also known as "Puerto Rican Frankie," the organizer of an illegal lottery that Santos admits broke ties with Chicago organized crime in the late 1960s.

Santos admits running the lottery and did not appeal his five-year prison sentence on that charge. But he disputes that any money laundering was involved and is appealing his 17-year sentence for that conviction.

The case the Supreme Court has agreed to hear stems from the varying definitions of money laundering employed by federal prosecutors in different parts of the country. Though Santos' activities are considered money laundering within Chicago's Seventh Circuit, the same activities do not fit the same crime in circuit courts on the East Coast.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on April 24, 2007 08:29 AM
Posted to Ind. (7th Cir.) Decisions