Eighty Four man convicted of trying to hide purchases made by drug sale cash
An Eighty Four man who paid cash for a pickup truck, a front end loader, a tractor and two houses deliberately structured the purchases to avoid questions about where the money came from, a federal jury decided Friday after deliberating two hours following a weeklong trial.
Daniel Young, 42, kept the transactions under the $10,000 reporting limit because the money came from his drug dealing, prosecutors say. The jury convicted him of conspiracy and structuring financial transactions.
Young is serving 12 to 24 years after his conviction in June 2011 on cocaine trafficking charges in Washington County, prosecutors say.
U.S. District Judge David Cercone scheduled Young's sentencing for Dec. 4. The jury agreed that the vehicles and property as well as about $235,000 were connected to the crime and subject to confiscation by the government.
Two other people are charged with participating in the financial structuring.
Kimberly Ostrander, 49, of Wind Ridge is scheduled to plead guilty July 24. Dennis Young, 47, of Monongahela pled guilty to criminal conspiracy and is scheduled to be sentenced Nov. 1.
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