Cleveland defense lawyer convicted of money laundering


CLEVELAND (AP) — A northeast Ohio defense attorney is facing up to two decades in federal prison after he was convicted of agreeing to launder $20,000 for a confidential informant who was posing as a cocaine dealer.

Cleveland.com reports (http://bit.ly/1sIKXNX ) a jury found 45-year-old Matthew King guilty on Thursday of money laundering charges.

King met the informant at a strip club apparently thinking he was a drug trafficker. Authorities say he took money from the informant to launder it through his attorney’s trust account and then wrote checks back to the informant.

King later admitted his involvement to investigators, but said in court he never deposited the money.

King’s sentencing is planned for late August. His public defender, Timothy Ivey, says he expects King will appeal.

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Information from: cleveland.com, http://www.cleveland.com

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