South Florida Man Sentenced To Over 13 Years For International Money Laundering

South Florida Man Sentenced To Over 13 Years For International Money Laundering

Tampa, FL – U.S. District Judge Virginia M. Hernandez Covington has sentenced Cornelius “Neal” Singleton (60, Miramar) to 13 years and 9 months in federal prison for international money laundering. The court also ordered Singleton to serve a 3-year term of supervised release following his prison term. Singleton had been found guilty after a week-long jury trial, which concluded on April 15, 2022. Singleton was indicted on July 13, 2021.

According to testimony and evidence presented at trial, on March 28, 2020, Singleton delivered over $600,000 in cash to a confidential witness in a grocery store parking lot, which was intended to be sent to individuals in Colombia. In cooperation with the Colombian National Police, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agents in Tampa arranged to have the funds delivered to the intended recipients in Colombia, who were members of a group suspected of large-scale narcotics trafficking, in order to identify the recipients. After the successful delivery was made in June 2020, during an undercover operation in Bogota, Colombia, negotiations began with Singleton for additional deliveries of cash to be made to Colombia.  In June 2021, Singleton brought over $1,000,000 in cash to downtown St. Petersburg to be delivered to the same individuals in Colombia. HSI agents arrested him at that time.

Singleton committed the money laundering offense while he was on supervised release in the Southern District of Florida, after having served nearly 17 years in federal prison for cocaine trafficking in Miami.

“This career criminal, even after spending more than 17 years in federal prison for cocaine trafficking, worked as a money laundering mule for Colombia drug lords, supporting the peddling of their poison,” said Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Tampa Special Agent in Charge John Condon. “Thanks to the diligence of our dedicated special agents, with assistance from the Colombian National Police, the Hialeah (Florida) Police Department, and the St. Petersburg (Florida) Police Department, we were able to return him to prison for another 13 years.”    

This case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations (Tampa), with the assistance from the Colombian National Police, the Hialeah (Florida) Police Department, and the St. Petersburg (Florida) Police Department. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney E. Jackson Boggs, Jr.

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