IRS Agent, Novi Man Indicted for Conspiring to Launder Drug Proceeds
JUL 19 -- An Internal Revenue Agent, Evelyn Millen, 49, of Detroit, and LaMauro Coleman, 28, of Novi were indicted by a federal grand jury in Detroit on charges of conspiracy to launder monetary instruments, United States Attorney Stephen J. Murphy announced today.
Murphy was joined in the announcement by Special Agent in Charge Robert Davila, Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA), Chicago Field Division, and Special Agent in Charge Robert Corso, Drug Enforcement Administration.
The indictment alleges that, in June of 2003, Millen conspired with Coleman to purchase a $65,000 BMW 745i with proceeds from Coleman’s drug trafficking proceeds. The indictment charges that the BMW was titled to Millen in order to conceal the fact that Coleman was the true owner. Further, according to the indictment, Coleman and Millen conspired to pay off the balance on the BMW with five cashier’s checks that were purchased from five different banks on July 6, 2005, and four money orders that were all purchased the same day. The total amount of the cashier’s checks and money orders was $40,000.00. The indictment charges that the $40,000.00 payment was structured in a manner to avoid federal reporting requirements for cash transactions over $10,000.00. Coleman is also charged in the indictment with having possessed with intent to distribute 100 grams of heroin or more on April 26, 2007; Millen is not charged in this heroin trafficking count.
Millen has been an employee of the IRS for 29 years. U.S. Attorney Murphy said, “Any time we have a case involving allegations of criminal activity by a federal officer, particularly an agent of the IRS, it is a matter of grave concern. Money laundering of drug proceeds is bad enough. How much worse it is when the accused is a person holding a position of trust as a revenue officer. I salute the Treasury Department Inspector General and the DEA agents for their excellent work on this case.”
SAC Davili said: “The Treasury Department will not tolerate this type of criminal activity on the part of its employees. TIGTA will tenaciously investigate allegations of criminal wrongdoing made against employees who fall under our department.” The money laundering charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison. The heroin distribution charge against Coleman carries a penalty of 5 to 40 years in prison. Any sentence in this case will be imposed under the federal Sentencing Guidelines based on the nature of the offense and the criminal background, if any, of the defendant. An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. A defendant is entitled to a fair trial in which it will be the government's burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
The case was investigated by agents and detectives of the TIGTA, the DEA, the Dearborn Police Department, the Southfield Police Department, the Hamburg Township Police Department and the Ann Arbor Police Department. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Elizabeth A. Stafford.