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Washington state woman heads to prison for pumping drug money through bank accounts

Dec 07 2012 Brett Wolf, Compliance Complete

A Washington State woman on Thursday was sentenced to five years in prison for laundering the proceeds of a drug trafficking conspiracy she and her husband ran out of their Puget Sound home, federal prosecutors in Seattle said. Svetlana Angel Yim, 30, was convicted by a jury in April following a five-month trial. Yim disguised the source of millions of dollars generated by selling cocaine and methamphetamine by pumping the money through 17 bank accounts, purchasing dozens of money orders from different locations of the same grocery chain and investing in real estate owned by third parties, court documents state. She also bought cars, which were titled in other people’s names, and expensive jewelry, including a $35,000 diamond ring. During Yim’s trial, prosecutors said her "aura of wealth was built on the stench of drug dealing." She was convicted of money laundering conspiracy pursuant to Title 18, US Code, Section 1956(h). Her husband, Drew Yim, pleaded guilty to drug

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