July 23, 2018 – A 50-year-old woman has been convicted of stealing more than $162,000 in government funds intended to provide summer meals for children in economically disadvantaged areas, Shelby County Dist. Atty. Gen. Amy Weirich said Monday.
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August 1, 2011- One of the largest money laundering cases ever investigated by the Shelby County District Attorney’s Office and West Tennessee Violent Crime and Drug Task Force has resulted in a 30 count indictment and the arrests of six individuals on money laundering and drug charges.
“Our investigation uncovered a group of individuals who call themselves the “7th Street Murda Squad”, said District Attorney General Amy Weirich. “They were operating a drug and money laundering business from the shadows of downtown Memphis to Millington. The people of Shelby County deserve better,” she said.
On Friday July 29th, 2011, agents with the West Tennessee Violent Crime and Drug Task Force, (WTDTF), arrested David Antwan Lee, age 29, Jamichael Benson, age 30, Terry Parks, age 33, Bryant Lee, age 30, Ernestine Lee, age 46, and Courtney Wilburn, age 30.
The investigation began in September 2010, when WTDTF agents developed information that several members of the street gang known as the “7th Street Murda Squad”, were engaged in cocaine trafficking. During the investigation, agents learned that proceeds of the illegal drug enterprise were used to purchase assets in order to launder the drug proceeds. The assets, valued at over $250,000.00, consisted of mostly cars and jewelry, along with some cash. These items were seized as agents executed search warrants pursuant to the investigation.
David Antwan Lee and Bryant Lee, both known members of “7th Street Murda Squad”, were charged with drug sales for cocaine trafficking. Jamichael Benson, also identified as a 7th Street Murda Squad member, was charged with one count of money laundering. Terry Parks and Ernestine Lee are both charged with four counts of money laundering. Courtney Wilburn is charged with eight counts of money laundering.
Among the assets agents seized Friday include a 2006 Maserati, a vintage, fully restored 1971 Oldsmobile Cutlass, a 2005 Chevrolet Corvette, a 2005 Chevrolet Viper Truck, and a Breitling wristwatch valued over $30,000.00.
The investigation in this case is active and ongoing. Additional arrests and charges may be forthcoming.
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