News Release
August 13, 2007

Guilford Man Sentenced to Federal Prison for Failing to Report Currency Carried on Flight to Jamaica

AUG 13 -- June W. Stansbury, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration in New England and Kevin J. O’Connor, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that ORLANDO DIAZ, age 34, Guilford, Connecticut, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Stefan R. Underhill in Bridgeport to one month of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release. Judge Underhill also ordered DIAZ to pay a fine in the amount of $10,000, and to forfeit $10,000 to the United States. On May 16, 2007, DIAZ waived indictment and pleaded guilty to one count of failing to file a Currency and Monetary Instrument Report.

According to documents filed with the Court and statements made in court, in January 2001, DIAZ flew from JFK International Airport in New York to Jamaica with approximately $50,000 in United States currency concealed on his person. DIAZ had failed to complete the required United States Customs form declaring that he was in possession of the money.

This case was investigated by the Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation Division and the Drug Enforcement Administration.