K2 money laundering conviction

| October 28, 2015
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imagesUPDATE:  Co-defendants Jimmy Dean Moore, 50 and Tina Irene Moore, 45, of Queen City were sentenced in federal court November 4, 2015 for mail fraud in the distribution of K2.  They were the owners of a variety shop selling, among other products, liquor and synthetic marijuana packaged as “incense.”

The K2 inventory in their shop was valued at over $28,000, compared with a value of almost $9,000 of alcohol inventory.  Jimmy Moore was sentenced to three years in federal prison without parole, while Tina Moore was sentenced to two years and three months in prison without parole.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo – A smoke shop owner has pleaded guilty to charges of money laundering.

Charles Sterling Austin Jr., 63, of St. Charles was the owner of Puff N Snuff LLC which has locations in Cameron and Eldon.

According to a plea agreement, Austin Jr. admitted to purchasing and then selling synthetic marijuana in the two stores for human consumption.  He also admitted that packaging or labeling of the cannabinoid, referring to the product as “incense” and “not for consumption” was deceptive and intended to overcome the regulation of synthetic marijuana.

Deposits of over 1,687,000 dollars into Puff N Snuff’s bank account included the proceeds from the illegal products, which Austin admitted to purchasing from multiple sources.  He faces a fine of up to 500,000 dollars and a prison sentence of up to 20 years.  Austin Jr. must also forfeit store property, constructed using the proceeds of the illegal sales, to the government.

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