Essex County Man, Edwin Deleon-Batista Admits Role in $23 Million Identity Fraud and Money Laundering Scheme
NEWARK, N.J (STL.News) A Newark today man admitted his role in a large international money laundering conspiracy and to using a stolen identity in furtherance of the scheme, Acting U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig announced.
Edwin Deleon-Batista, 37, pleaded guilty by videoconference before U.S. District Judge Katharine S. Hayden to an information charging him with one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering and one count of identity fraud.
According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:
From March 2018 through October 2019, Deleon-Batista laundered over $23 million in cash drug proceeds on behalf of a money laundering organization with close ties to drug trafficking organizations in the Dominican Republic and elsewhere. Deleon picked up large amounts of cash drug proceeds in New Jersey, New York, and Florida and laundered it by purchasing cashier’s checks at local bank branches. The checks were made payable to individuals and companies specified by the leaders of the money laundering organization. By converting the drug proceeds to cashier’s checks, Deleon tried to hide the source of the illegal cash and avoid scrutiny by law enforcement and banks.