White-Collar Crime

Counsel for Lawyer Being Tried in Federal Money-Laundering Case Says Witness Ex-Client Ran Scheme

Opening arguments began Wednesday in the trial of a prominent Massachusetts criminal defense lawyer accused in a money laundering case.

Robert A. George is charged with seven counts in federal court in Boston, including money laundering, conspiracy and structuring transactions, the Cape Cod Times reports.

The government says he was motivated by problems with back federal and state taxes to accept a 20 percent fee for orchestrating money-laundering transactions.

George’s lawyer, Robert Goldstein, said he was not involved in money laundering and contended that a witness and former client of George, Ronald Dardinski, was the architect of the scheme.

Additional and related coverage:

ABAJournal.com: “Well-Known Criminal Defense Lawyer Is Charged with Laundering $225K in Alleged Drug Proceeds”

ABAJournal.com: “Plea Deal In Money Laundering Case Connected to Prominent Boston Lawyer”

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