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Monday, January 23, 2017

Update on Perry Don Cortese Criminal Conspiracy Case

In October, 2016, after a three week jury trial, Perry Don Cortese was convicted of money laundering, mail fraud and related offenses in Case 15-CR-00320 in the U.S. District Court in Tampa, Florida. He asked to be free on bail pending sentencing. The Government vigorously objected that he was a "danger to the community" and a high flight risk. The Government stated:
"Cortese, a licensed attorney in Texas, was the 'company lawyer' for a sophisticated organized crime group that defrauded dozens of victims throughout the United States, via numerous fraud schemes, and then laundered the victims' money to avoid detection."
Cortese was the "consigliere in this international criminal enterprise."
Cortese conspired with other criminals in Canada, Africa and elsewhere, in particular with one Ikechuwu Derek Amai.
Cortese and his co-conspirators' frauds, counterfeiting, forgeries and other crimes robbed victims of millions of dollars.
The Government estimates his sentence guidelines range at 135-168 months in prison, and possibly the maximum of 20 years depending on the intended loss amount proven at sentencing.

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