Vancouver woman sentenced in moneylaundering scheme

first_imgA Vancouver woman was sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court in Portland to three years’ probation, including six months’ home detention, for a money laundering scheme involving an automobile dealership.Karla Gaitan, 38, pleaded guilty March 2, 2010, to a single count of money laundering.The investigation began in August 2008, when investigators suspected Gaitan and her business, Kaind Auto Sales, were involved with a number of suspected drug dealers in the Portland area. An inventory showed that Gaitan had purchased a high number of cars at auto auction — 2,072 cars for more than $4 million between 2005 and 2008 — but had very little inventory.“This led investigators to suspect that the buyers were laundering illegal money,” according to a news release from the U.S. Department of Justice.In August 2008, undercover IRS agents, posing as drug dealers, gave Gaitan $15,000 in cash for a SUV so that a concealed compartment could be built into it to transport money and drugs.last_img read more