October 2016-Tampa, Florida
Licensed Texas attorney Perry Don Cortese, 53, of Little River, Texas, was found guilty of conspiracy to commit international money laundering and conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud by a federal jury in Tampa, Florida, on October 21, 2016. Priscilla Ann Ellis, 51, of Killeen, Texas and Kenietta Rayshawn Johnson, 35, of Leavenworth, Kansas, were also found guilty of the same charges. They face up to 40 years in federal prison.
According to the news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Cortese, Ellis and Johnson defrauded dozens of victims in the United States by soliciting legal work which was paid for with counterfeit cashier’s checks , phony real estate deals and by posing as fake suitors on dating websites.
Victims were instructed to wire money into accounts held by the conspirators. The wired money was quickly moved to other accounts around the world before the victims discovered they had been defrauded.
Cortese laundered victim money though his lawyer trust accounts. Johnson had worked as a bank employee for Capital One and helped create counterfeit checks and monitor money flow.
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