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April 8, 1990
As the attorney for Sergio Hochman, I wish to clarify Hochman's involvement with La Mina. Evan Maxwell's article accurately identifies the cartel's money-laundering scheme; however, it is incorrect about my client's role. The La Mina accounts were the creation of Jorge Masihy, who, with Raul Vivas, Tomas Iglesias and Celio Merkin, created Cambio Italia. Not Hochman. The government values Hochman's cooperation and testimony because of his intimate knowledge of the laundering operations and his acquaintance with persons controlling the activities.
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MAGAZINE
April 8, 1990
As the attorney for Sergio Hochman, I wish to clarify Hochman's involvement with La Mina. Evan Maxwell's article accurately identifies the cartel's money-laundering scheme; however, it is incorrect about my client's role. The La Mina accounts were the creation of Jorge Masihy, who, with Raul Vivas, Tomas Iglesias and Celio Merkin, created Cambio Italia. Not Hochman. The government values Hochman's cooperation and testimony because of his intimate knowledge of the laundering operations and his acquaintance with persons controlling the activities.
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NEWS
March 9, 1989 | BOB BAKER, Times Staff Writer
Federal prosecutors intend to seize $80 million in assets--including a 10-story building in downtown Los Angeles--from 33 wholesale jewelers and associates who were indicted Wednesday for allegedly laundering cocaine profits. The seizures in the money-laundering case would exceed the $60.6 million in property and money seized by the U.S. attorney's Los Angeles office during all of 1988, U.S. Atty. Robert Bonner said at a news conference.
NEWS
December 10, 1989 | TRACEY KAPLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The alleged mastermind of an international money-laundering network that funneled $500 million in drug profits through Los Angeles jewelry stores to a Colombian cocaine cartel has been extradited to Los Angeles for trial, authorities said Saturday. Raul Silvio Vivas, 39, was released into U.S. custody after the Uruguay Supreme Court rejected a request by Vivas' attorneys to prevent his extradition, said Assistant U.S. Atty. Russell Hayman.
NEWS
December 10, 1989 | TRACEY KAPLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The alleged mastermind of an international money-laundering network that funneled $500 million in drug profits through Los Angeles jewelry stores to a Colombian cocaine cartel has been extradited to Los Angeles for trial, authorities said Saturday. Raul Silvio Vivas, 39, was released into U.S. custody after the Uruguay Supreme Court rejected a request by Vivas' attorneys to prevent his extradition, said Assistant U.S. Atty. Russell Hayman.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 4, 1990
An Argentine man was convicted Monday of conspiracy to launder $350 million in drug profits through downtown Los Angeles jewelry firms. In its second day of deliberations, a federal jury convicted Raul Vivas, 39, on the single conspiracy count before returning to deliberate on numerous other charges against him and eight other defendants.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 28, 1990
A federal court jury in Los Angeles, after confirming the convictions of four men accused of laundering $350 million in drug profits through jewelry companies, was ordered Thursday to resume deliberations on undecided counts. The jury on Wednesday found Nazareth Andonian, his brother, Vahe Andonian, and Juan Carlos Seresi guilty of conspiring to launder money. However, the panel was dismissed before it could confirm the verdicts and make them official. That confirmation took place Thursday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 12, 1991
A man who pleaded guilty in a drug money laundering scheme based in the downtown Los Angeles jewelry district was sentenced Wednesday to five years in prison. U.S. District Judge William D. Keller sentenced Carlos Desoretz, 43, who had pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to launder money. Desoretz testified for the prosecution against other defendants. Keller last month sentenced brothers Nazareth and Vahe Andonian, and Raul Vivas, to 505 years each in prison.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 21, 1991
Four of the five men convicted of laundering $316 million in drug money through the downtown Los Angeles jewelry district could face life sentences, and the ringleader could be fined nearly $8 million, a federal judge said Tuesday. However, U.S. District Judge William D. Keller delayed sentencing the five men until this afternoon so he could review the federal sentencing guidelines.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 14, 1989
An Argentine gold trader suspected of laundering $500 million in cocaine proceeds for a Columbian drug cartel has pleaded not guilty to charges that he funneled the drug profits through Los Angeles jewelry wholesalers. Raul Silvio Vivas, 39, was arraigned in U.S. District Court on Monday on conspiracy and drug charges contained in separate indictments alleging that he and 32 other individuals and a Miami corporation ran an operation described as the largest of its kind ever uncovered by U.S.
NEWS
March 9, 1989 | BOB BAKER, Times Staff Writer
Federal prosecutors intend to seize $80 million in assets--including a 10-story building in downtown Los Angeles--from 33 wholesale jewelers and associates who were indicted Wednesday for allegedly laundering cocaine profits. The seizures in the money-laundering case would exceed the $60.6 million in property and money seized by the U.S. attorney's Los Angeles office during all of 1988, U.S. Atty. Robert Bonner said at a news conference.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 29, 1990 | RONALD L. SOBLE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A record-setting trial of more than seven months, in which nine defendants are accused of conspiring to launder about $350 million in drug money through a business in Los Angeles' downtown jewelry district, appeared nearly ready to go to the jury Wednesday. The case, which grew out of a lengthy federal investigation code-named "Operation Polar Cap," has set the record for the longest criminal trial in Los Angeles' federal courthouse, according to a spokesperson for the U.S. attorney.
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