Mass. Criminal Defense Lawyer Is Convicted of Helping Client Launder $200K
Posted Jun 11, 2012 8:08 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss
A Massachusetts criminal defense lawyer has been convicted based on allegations he laundered $200,000 for a client who turned out to be a paid government informant who recorded their conversations.
Federal jurors on Friday convicted lawyer Robert George of five counts of money laundering, one count of money laundering conspiracy and one count of structuring transactions to evade reporting requirements, report the Cape Cod Times and the National Law Journal (reg. req.). He allegedly earned $20,000 to launder what he thought was drug money through a mortgage company.
George, of Westwood, Mass., faces up to 20 years in prison when he is sentenced on Sept. 19, the National Law Journal reports. His lawyer had argued George was set up.
The Boston Globe (sub. req.) sets the scene as the verdict was announced. George “appeared emotionless, staring ahead as the guilty verdicts were announced after only four hours of deliberation,” the story says. “Family members, who sat in support throughout the two-week trial, shook their heads in disbelief.”