James Warner, a 65-year-old lawyer from San Diego, specializing in criminal defense, has acknowledged laundering US$100,000 in drug proceeds from a marijuana dispensary owner. This was the money that federal agents missed when searching his client’s home 2 years ago. It was placed in Warner’s personal and business accounts, and Warner sent a similar sum of his own money to the bank account in the British Virgin Islands.
The lawyer pleaded guilty to conspiracy and witness-tampering. He also agreed to forfeit US$200,000 cash that authorities seized when searching his office.