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Tampa auto dealer get 17 years in prison in money laundering case

TAMPA — A Tampa car salesman was sentenced Wednesday to 17 and a half years in federal prison for his role in laundering $3,335,898 worth of proceeds from drugs and identity theft.

According to prosecutors, Samih Abdel Rahman, 51, the owner and operator of Sam & Sons Auto Sales, worked with others to knowingly sell vehicles to customers who paid with proceeds from stolen identity income-tax refund fraud and narcotics trafficking.

Through phony paperwork, he obscured the true buyers and structured some payments to avoid reporting requirements, prosecutors said.

He had pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges in January.

Tampa auto dealer get 17 years in prison in money laundering case 05/15/14 [Last modified: Thursday, May 15, 2014 1:54pm]
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