White-Collar Crime

Former defense lawyer gets 5 years in Secret Service money-laundering sting

Once a prominent criminal defense attorney, Ronald E. Partee, 66, had little to say as he was sentenced Monday by a federal judge in Kansas City to five years in prison. He will serve the time at a prison camp in South Dakota, to minimize contact with his former clients.

Partee’s lawyer, Gary W. Hart, said his client is remorseful and “cannot change the facts that bring him here today, but he has begun a journey of redemption for the errors in judgment he made,” the Kansas City Star reports.

Partee pleaded guilty earlier this year in the money-laundering conspiracy case and admitted he agreed, along with operators of a credit counseling service, to help hide what they thought was money earned from the sale of illegal drugs. The offer in fact came from a federal agent as part of a U.S. Secret Service sting operation.

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