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Guilty plea in $500K cash smuggling

Federal prosecutors say a Catonsville woman has pleaded guilty to bulk cash smuggling after giving three people more than $500,000 to take to Jamaica.

Forty-one-year-old Jean Brown entered the plea on Wednesday. She will be sentenced on Feb. 1. Brown also agreed to a forfeiture judgment of the amount smuggled.

According to Brown’s plea agreement, in December 2008 she gave three people more than $500,000 in cash to hide in their baggage before boarding a flight to Montego Bay in Jamaica.

She provided the plane tickets and told the people not to delcare the cash. The money was to be delivered to Brown’s relatives.

Federal law requires travelers to declare if they are carrying more than $10,000 in U.S. currency.

Jamaican customs officers found the money.

-- Associated Press

By Washington Post Editors  | October 14, 2010; 8:05 AM ET
Categories:  From the Courthouse, Maryland  
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