According to a news release from Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, Shelton E. Lewis, 39, of Grandview, pleaded guilty to extortion and money laundering. Lewis is the owner of Green Results Landscape & Lawncare, LLC. The release states Lewis allegedly held three accounts at Academy Bank. In August 2012, Lewis began depositing cashier’s checks and business checks in large amounts into these accounts. Lewis allegedly deposited a total of $3,050,110 into his accounts over a period of one year.
Lewis began an extortion scheme by obtaining money from a subject for the sale of cocaine. Lewis had collected more than $3,000,000 during the scheme and deposited the money into his bank accounts.
Under federal statutes, Lewis faces a sentence of up to 30 years in federal prison without parole and a fine up to $500,000. A sentencing hearing will be scheduled after the completion of a presentence investigation by the United States Probation Office, according to the release.
This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeffrey Valenti. It was investigated by IRS-Criminal Investigation in conjunction with the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department.