Backstory: “Republican, Christian Philanthropist Duane DuCharme Probed for Drug Cartel Money Laundering,” May 16, 2012
Details are sketchy — “[News reports] don’t give the name or the location of the federal court or whether Ducharme has been incarcerated,” notes the Post and Mail — and there’s only one source of info, so we have no idea if this is accurate or not. Nevertheless, the Journal Gazette reports:
…[T]he federal case against Duane DuCharme remained sealed until this month, when the 70-year-old Whitley County man pleaded guilty to the charge — misprision of a felony, which means that DuCharme had full knowledge a crime was being committed and did not notify authorities and took steps to conceal the crime.
In this case, DuCharme admitted hiding money and property at his home and the home of a relative when he knew the money and property were the proceeds of unlawful activities, according to court documents.
What “court documents”? Where? Which court?
DuCharme also knew that another person intended to turn over the money from unlawful activities to federal authorities and despite this knowledge did not come forward to authorities with this information.
The murky-sounding charge carries a term of imprisonment of no more than three years in prison, and a fine no more than $250,000 or twice the amount of the gross gain to the defendant, according to court documents.
Again, where are these “court documents”?
DuCharme waived his right to indictment, allowing the case to proceed on the criminal information filed by the government.
That’s all we’ve got for now. We’ll try to track down something more solid.
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