Authorities alleged that a loan officer at a bank in Santa Ana and seven other people provided support services or were connected with major Colombian cocaine traffickers operating in the Los Angeles area.
As a result, all eight were indicted by a federal grand jury.
Bank of America loan executive Gladys Ayala, 47, of Irvine, and Waldyr Antonio Pizzotti, 52, and Anibal Michael Justo, 53, both of Villa Park, were charged in a 12-count indictment with conspiring to defraud the government by assisting drug traffickers in laundering their profits through Orange County banks.
The grand jury also returned a 12-count indictment against five other individuals: George Humberto Bosch, 57, of Glendale, and his son, George Robert Bosch, 29, of Fontana, owners of the Public Advice and Advise Service, a private investigation agency in Glendale, and three Colombian nationals, Efrain Santana, 39, Elkin Estrada-Gallego, 43, and Ampara Garay.
The indictment alleged that Pizzotti, who is employed at a health-care institute in Santa Ana, and Ayala "organized and operated a scheme" to launder cash generated by drug trafficking.