Feds want $200,000 in EC man’s alleged drug proceeds
BY Teresa Auch Schultz email@example.com September 4, 2012 4:40PM
Updated: September 4, 2012 9:02PM
Federal attorneys want almost $200,000 in alleged drug proceeds from a man convicted in the 2003 East Chicago voter fraud ring.
Attorneys for the government filed a complaint on Tuesday in the U.S. District Court in Hammond, claiming they found the money as part of their investigation into Armando Vera, of East Chicago, in 2011 for possessing 80 pounds of marijuana.
The complaint says $90,000 was found in his house when they found the pot, and another $97,000 was found in a safe deposit box a few days later.
The complaint asks that the money be forfeited to the government.
Vera has pleaded guilty to possession with the intent to distribute marijuana and was sentenced to 57 months in prison on the charge.