Our client was accused of money laundering by the United States Attorney’s office for the Southern District of New York in Manhattan. We defended the white collar criminal charges over the course of 2 1/2 years. The department of justice via the Federal Bureau of Investigation—FBI—had been investigating our client for alleged money laundering via a Russian bank having offices in New York. The government had seized our client’s computers, monitored his online correspondence with alleged co-conspirators and arrested two of them who they turned into cooperating witnesses to testify as to our client’s role in a series of bank and ATM fraud transactions that the federal prosecutors labeled an international conspiracy to launder stolen bank funds to Russia.
Our criminal law specialists, headed by the firm’s managing partner, Ryan Blanch, fought the charges for nearly three years. After rejecting several plea offers, the client chose to go to trial to assert his innocence. After a lengthy trial the jury deliberated and then announced their verdict: “Not Guilty.”