KANSAS CITY, Kansas (AP) – A 66-year-old Missouri lawyer has been sentenced to five years in federal prison after he was caught in an undercover sting conspiring to launder drug money.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office for Kansas said in a release Monday that Ronald E. Partee of Kansas City, Mo., pleaded guilty earlier to one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering and one count of money laundering. Partee admitted that he and the operators of a credit counseling service agreed to funnel drug money through Kansas bank accounts.
Prosecutors said Partee served on the nonprofit counseling agency’s board and approved two wire transfers he believed were drug funds.
Workers at the credit counseling agency are charged with conspiracy, money laundering and possession with intent to distribute marijuana, and are awaiting trial.