Looks like someone has been watching a little to much breaking bad. This KC lawyer got himself in some hot water. Here is the article on Fox 4.
KANSAS CITY, Kan. — A Kansas City lawyer has been sentenced to five
years in federal prison for conspiring to launder drug money of an
undercover agent posing as a marijuana dealer, U.S. Attorney Barry
Grissom said Monday.
Ronald E. Partee, 66, Kansas City, Mo., pleaded guilty to one count
of conspiracy to commit money laundering and one count of money
laundering. In his plea, Partee admitted he conspired with co-defendants
Mendy Read-Forbes, 38, of Platte City, Mo., and Laura Shoop, 46, also
of Platte City, Mo.
The investigation began in March 2012 when a KBI agent working
undercover met Read-Forbes. Read-Forbes was holding herself out as the
owner of Forbes & Newhard Credit Solutions, Inc., a nonprofit
organization established to provide credit counseling to people who were
in bankruptcy proceedings. In fact, she was not the legal owner but
exercised control of the company’s bank account along with Partee. Shoop
was an acquaintance of Read-Forbes who worked at various times for the
The KBI agent was posing as a marijuana dealer. Forbes offered to
consult with Partee and to devise a scheme to launder the dealer’s drug
proceeds. As part of the scheme, Forbes offered to deposit money given
to her by the agent she thought was a drug dealer into the bank accounts
of Forbes and Newhard Credit Solutions or related companies and then to
return the money to the dealer via checks, money orders or wire
transfers. The bank accounts were in Kansas.
To make the transactions appear legitimate, Forbes gave the drug
dealer a contract titled “Purchase and Sale of Business Agreement.” The
contract, bearing the signature of Partee and the drug dealer, made it
appear that the marijuana dealer was purchasing assets of FCP, Inc., a
corporation controlled by Forbes and Partee.
To make it appear that the drug dealer was engaged in business as a
certified credit counselor with Forbes and Newhard Credit Solutions,
Forbes gave the drug dealer a certificate saying he had completed
training as a bankruptcy specialist.
In addition, Forbes created a fictitious company called Maximum Lawn
Care, LLC, and opened bank accounts where cash from the drug dealer was
deposited. Partee was at various times a member of the board of directors for
Forbes and Newhard and a signator on FCP’s bank accounts. On April 20,
2012, Partee approved two wire transfers from the FCP account that he
believed were drug funds. He sent $5,000 to a bank account of Maximus
Lawn Care and $5,000 to the bank account of an undercover agent posing
as a drug dealer. During a meeting May 25, 2012, at Partee’s office, the
undercover agent posing as a drug dealer sought advice from Partee
concerning where he could store marijuana. During the meeting, which was
recorded, Partee engaged in the discussion.
Defendants Read-Forbes and Shoop are awaiting trial. In a separate
case, Mendy Read-Forbes and Brian Forbeshave been charged with one count
of conspiracy to defraud and one count of money laundering.
Grissom commended the Kansas Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Secret
Service, the Internal Revenue Service, the Department of Housing and
Urban Development, Assistant U.S. Attorney Chris Oakley and Assistant
U.S. Attorney Jabari Wamble for their work on the case.
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