Sheriff's Captain convicted in Carlos Rafael plot to smuggle money to Portugal
MondayJul 16, 2018 at 7:08 PM Jul 16, 2018 at 9:10 PM
Defendant helped smuggle money overseas for the 'Codfather'
BOSTON â" A captain with the Bristol County Sheriffâs Office was convicted Monday by a federal jury in connection with helping Carlos Rafael, owner of one of the largest commercial fishing businesses in the U.S., smuggle the profits of his illegal overfishing scheme to Portugal, authorities said.
Jamie Melo, 46, of North Dartmouth was convicted of one count of conspiracy to commit offenses against the United States and one count of structuring the export of monetary instruments. U.S. District Court Judge Denise J. Casper scheduled sentencing for Oct. 24, 2018.
The jury acquitted the defendant of one count of bulk cash smuggling, according to a news release from the U.S. At torney's Office.
During the trial, evidence showed that while at Logan International Airport, Melo asked his friends and travel companions to carry envelopes of cash for Rafael â" known as the Codfather in the New Bedford fishing industry â" on a flight to the Azores.
At the time, Melo was an administrative captain with the Bristol County Sheriffâs Office and was traveling to the Azores with Rafael for a charity event sponsored by the Bristol County Sheriffâs Office. Prior to the flight, Melo asked three of his travel companions to follow him into the menâs bathroom at Logan Airport before going through the TSA Security Checkpoint and distributed four envelopes of cash, taking one for himself, the release said. Two days after arriving in Portugal, bank records demonstrate that Rafael deposited $76,000 in U.S. currency into his Portuguese bank account.
The charge of conspiracy provides for a sentence of no greater than five years in prison, three years of supervised release and a fine of $250,000. The charge of structuring the export of monetary instruments provides for a sentence of no greater than 10 years in prison, three years of supervised release, and a fine of $500,000. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors, authorities said.
United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling; Harold H. Shaw, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Boston Field Division; Mark Tasky, Special Agent in Charge of the Department of Homeland Security, Office of Inspector General, Office of Investigations, Philadelphia Field Office; and Kristina OâConnell, Special Agent in Charge of the Internal Revenue Serviceâs Criminal Investigation in Boston, made the announcement today. Assistant U.S. Attorney Neil Gallagher and Justin OâConnell of Lellingâs Economic Crimes Unit is prosecuting the case.Source: Google News Portugal | Netizen 24 Portugal