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March 23, 2022Nogales, AZ, United StatesFinancial Crimes

Nogales man charged in alleged money laundering scheme following ICE HSI investigation

NOGALES, Ariz. - A local area man has been charged by information for laundering money pursuant to a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Nogales office probe.

Marco Antonio Martinez Sanchez, a citizen of Mexico, was charged March 21, in the Santa Cruz County Superior Court.

As alleged in the information, Sanchez is accused of committing Second Degree Money Laundering and Illegally Conducting an Enterprise between Dec. 29, 2017, and July 12, 2018, by depositing $172,423 into a Wells Fargo Bank account in order to conceal the identity of actual persons receiving the deposits.

Assistant Attorney General Sabrina Lochner is prosecuting this case.

All defendants are presumed innocent until convicted in a court of law.

A copy of the information is available here.

HSI is a directorate of ICE and the principal investigative arm of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), responsible for investigating transnational crime and threats, specifically those criminal organizations that exploit the global infrastructure through which international trade, travel, and finance move. HSI’s workforce of over 10,400 employees consists of more than 7,100 special agents assigned to 220 cities throughout the United States, and 80 overseas locations in 53 countries. HSI’s international presence represents DHS’s largest investigative law enforcement presence abroad and one of the largest international footprints in U.S. law enforcement.

Learn more about HSI Phoenix and how we combat financial fraud by visiting @HSIPhoenix.