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June 12, 2009

Indictments issued in federal money laundering case

PLANO, TX – U.S. Attorney John M. Bales announced today that 16 individuals have been indicted on money laundering charges in the Eastern District of Texas. The following individuals were named in the one-count indictment, which was returned by a federal grand jury on June 11th, including Richard Alan Arledge, 54, McKinney; Warren Barconia, 33, Carrollton; Cecil Coleman, 38, McKinney; Marcus Dean, 38, Dallas; Patrick Dread, 52, Dallas; Steve Ham, 46; Richardson; Robert Louis Hawkins Jr., 35; Desoto; Jerome Helen, 39, Richardson; Stoney O'Neal Kidd, 46, Dallas; Charo Deuntray Knight, 33; Dallas; Tyrone McCray, 46, Plano; Jason Palmore, 29, Mansfield; Rustyn Thomas, 33, Sanger; Aqueelah Hayat Waters, 31, Dallas; Clarence Edoaur Williams, 32, Dallas;. and Kendra Quebec Williams, 33, Dallas.

According to the indictment, Arledge served as the owner and operator of "Richard Arledge Suzuki," which sold new and used cars, and as the director and president of "Expressway Financial, Inc.," which provided vehicle financing and leasing arrangements. The purpose of the conspiracy was for individuals who derived their income from illegal activities, such as the distribution of controlled substances or promotion of prostitution, to use their illegal income to purchase luxury automobiles. It was also a purpose of the conspiracy, in certain instances, to arrange to title these transactions in the names of third parties with their knowledge and consent in order to conceal the source of payment and true ownership of the automobiles. If convicted, defendants each face up to 20 years in federal prison. The case is being investigated by the Internal Revenue Service, the Desoto Police Department, the Lancaster Police Department, and the Midlothian Police Department and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Shamoil T. Shipchandler.

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