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Feds Kick Off Lawyer’s Money-Laundering Conspiracy Trial by Playing Tape of Talk with DEA Snitch

Posted May 31, 2012 11:52 AM CDT
By Martha Neil

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A high-profile Boston criminal defense lawyer was in the hot seat himself Wednesday as the government began presenting its side of a money-laundering conspiracy trial against attorney Robert “Bob” George by introducing a recording of a talk with a Drug Enforcement Administration snitch.

During the April 6, 2009 conversation with Ronald Dardinski in George's Lexus, the attorney explains to his wired onetime client how part of an alleged scheme to launder $200,000 would work, according to the Boston Herald.

"I’m going to give him the hundred thou. ... I’m going to give him the money. He’s going to cut you a check from his company, East Coast Mortgage, for $80,000," George is heard saying to Dardinski on the recording.

The conversation, which took place in George's Lexus, parked in a bookstore lot, is one of 37 recorded talks between the two, prosecutor Laura Kaplan told jurors hearing the case in federal court in Boston.

George's lawyer has said George was not involved in money laundering and argued that Dardinski was the architect of the claimed scheme.

Additional coverage:

ABAJournal.com: "Counsel for Lawyer Being Tried in Federal Money-Laundering Case Says Witness Ex-Client Ran Scheme"

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