The indictment further alleges that the Laredo brothers had numerous relatives and associates set up “funnel accounts” that were used for the purpose of laundering the proceeds of the drug operation back to Mexico. According to the indictment, using a variety of money laundering techniques, including the use of the funnel accounts, wire transfers of funds, and Western Union money grams, the DTO was able to launder at least $5 million of its heroin proceeds back to Mexico, where the Laredo brothers resided. It was further a part of the conspiracy that the Laredo brothers directed defendant Osmar Flores, doing business as Tri-Country Auto Sales, Inc., in Rockford, Illinois, to collect and deposit large sums of cash representing proceeds of the Laredo DTO’s heroin trafficking sales in the U.S. to the business bank account of Tri Country Auto Sales, Inc. Portions of those funds were allegedly used to purchase multiple vehicles used to transport heroin from Mexico and bulk U.S. currency from the United States to Mexico, in concealed compartments. I
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Illegal War Profiteers: Middle-East provider of supplies for U.S. troops ripped off taxpayers for millions in major fraud scheme while American forces battled to make region safe for them to do business
In a separate civil settlement agreement, Supreme agreed to pay another $101 million to settle a whistleblower lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, before U.S. District Court Judge Mary McLaughlin. The suit was filed by a former executive alleging that Supreme violated the False Claims Act by knowingly overcharging for supplying food and water under the SPV contract. The payment also resolves claims that, from June 2005 to December 2010, Supreme failed to disclose and pass through to the government rebates and discounts it obtained from its suppliers, as required by its SPV contract with the United States.
“These companies chose to commit their fraud in connection with a contract to supply food and water to our Nation’s fighting men and women serving in the desert,” said Memeger. “That kind of conduct is repugnant, and we will use every available resource to punish such illegal war profiteering.”