February 22, 2016
Contact: Jodie Underwood
Phone Number: (206) 553-5443
Ashland Man Sentenced To Two Years In Federal Prison For Money Laundering Profits From Marijuana Sales
MEDFORD, Ore. - Jonathan Robert Quaccia, 35, originally of Ashland, Oregon, was sentenced on February 17, 2016, to two years in federal prison for conspiracy to commit money laundering. U.S. District Judge Ann Aiken also ordered the defendant to serve three years of supervised release upon his release from prison and complete 500 hours of community service.
From 2012 to December 2014, Quaccia shipped marijuana from California to New York and Georgia for sale. Deposits of the proceeds from the marijuana sales were made in New York and Georgia into bank accounts held by Southern Oregon residents. The Oregon residents were recruited by Quaccia and co-defendant Matthew Correa. Those individuals then withdrew the marijuana proceeds from the Oregon bank accounts and gave the money to Correa, who delivered the money to Quaccia in California.
This scheme was designed to promote the manufacture and distribution of marijuana and to conceal the nature, source and ownership of the marijuana proceeds. The amounts deposited and withdrawn were kept under $10,000 to avoid detection. Bank records show $2.2 million in marijuana proceeds were deposited in New York and Georgia, and $2,075,000 withdrawn in Oregon in at least 262 transactions.
Quaccia was residing in McKinleyville, California, during the time of the offense. He has no previous criminal history.
This case was investigated jointly by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the Humboldt (Oregon) Drug Task Force.