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03/13/2008

Pennsylvania man pleads guilty to money laundering, conspiracy and witness tampering

SCRANTON, Pa. - Martin C. Carlson, Acting United States Attorney for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, announced today that William D'Elia pleaded guilty to a two-count information, charging D'Elia with conspiring to launder money and witness tampering, at a guilty plea proceeding before the Honorable Thomas I. Vanaskie, United States District Judge, in Scranton, Pa.

D'Elia faces a statutory maximum penalty of 30 years' imprisonment, fines totaling $750,000 and a five-year term of supervised release. The guilty plea by D'Elia is the latest development in a series of carefully coordinated investigations conducted by state and federal law enforcement agencies, including the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement; Federal Bureau of Investigation; the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation Division; the Pennsylvania State Police; and the U.S. Department of Labor.

Acting U.S. Attorney Carlson thanked the many law enforcement partners whose efforts led to this guilty plea conviction noting, "This investigation is a sterling example of the success we can achieve in law enforcement by working together toward the common goal of justice." Carlson declined further comment on this case, citing sealing orders entered by the Court.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Gordon A.D. Zubrod and Christian Fisanick, Chief of the Criminal Division.