Monday, January 3, 2011

Chael Sonnen Guilty Plea

On December 28, 2010 the United States Attorney's Office for the District of Oregon filed a one-count Superceding Information against Chael Patrick Sonnen for alleged money laundering.

Specifically, in relevant part the Superceding Information provided the following allegations:
On or about June 20, 2006, in the District of Oregon, CHAEL PATRICK SONNEN, defendant herein, did knowingly conduct and attempt to conduct a financial transaction affecting interstate commerce, to wit, he caused a check in the amount of $69,091.53 to be issued and negotiated from a bank account at U.S. Bank, which involved the proceeds of a specified unlawful activity, that is wire fraud. Defendant further knew that the financial transaction was designed in whole or in part to conceal or disguise the ownership and control of the proceeds of wire fraud, to wit, defendant and others devised and intended to devise a material scheme and artifice to defraud Decision One Mortgage, and to obtain money and property from Decision One Mortgage by means of false and fraudulent pretenses, representations and promises, and that while conducting and attempting to conduct such financial transaction, defendant knew that the property involved in the financial transaction represented the proceeds of the unlawful activity, wire fraud.
As reported here (hat tip Luke Thomas), Chael Sonnen pled guilty today in the United States District Court for the District of Oregon, Portland Division. 

Specifically, the minute entry of the Court provides as follows:
Minutes of Proceedings: Arraignment and Entry of Plea Hearing held on 1/3/2011 before Judge Michael W. Mosman as to Defendant Chael Patrick Sonnen. Defendant arraigned on 1-count Superseding Information. Defendant waived formal reading of the Superseding Information. Defendant advised of rights regarding Waiver of Indictment. Waiver of Indictment signed and filed by the court. Defendant sworn and examined. Plea Petition and Plea Agreement signed and accepted by the Court. Government summarized charges and terms of plea agreement. Court finds defendant capable and competent to enter plea. Guilty plea entered to 1-count Superseding Information. Court finds guilty plea to be knowing and voluntary. ORDER - Presentence Report to be prepared by U.S. Probation. ORDER - Defendant shall remain on pretrial release pending sentencing. Sentencing is set for 3/28/2011 at 11:30AM in Judge Mosman's Courtroom before Judge Michael W. Mosman. Counsel Present for Plaintiff: Michelle Kerin. Counsel Present for Defendant: Ronald Hoevet. (Court Reporter: Nancy Walker) (mjp) (Entered: 01/03/2011)
As set forth above, sentencing is set for March 28, 2011.

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