Plea Deal In Money Laundering Case Connected to Prominent Boston Lawyer
Posted Jan 6, 2012 2:06 PM CDT
By Rachel M. Zahorsky
A Dover, Mass., man pleaded guilty in federal court yesterday in connection with a money laundering scheme that allegedly included prominent Boston lawyer Robert A. George.
George, the target of a federal sting operation, is accused of arranging for Michael F. Hansen to help launder drug money. He faces federal charges in connection with the case, the Boston Globe reports. Hansen pleaded guilty to charges that he failed to report $200,000 in funds meant to hide purported illegal drug revenue.
George’s attorney declined to comment on Hansen’s plea agreement to the Globe, and a spokeswoman for US Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz would not say whether prosecutors plan to call him as a witness in George’s case if it proceeds to trial, which is scheduled for May.
George, whose clients have included reputed mobsters, has argued that he’s the target of a vindictive prosecution for representing a client several years ago who allegedly proposed killing a federal prosecutor, according to the Globe.