In 1993, prosecuted con man who persuaded victims that he and his “team” could replicate dollar bills if victims could provide them. Scam involved a demonstration of a “scientific process” by which a bill with previously altered serial numbers would be passed off as a replication of another. Defendant, represented by former mob lawyer and future Las Vegas mayor Oscar Goodman, pled to money laundering with counterfeiting of the one note constituting the underlying unlawful activity; defendant went to prison and Government forfeited his Rolls Royce, Mercedes, and Toyota SUV. ”The Big O” (Goodman) grudgingly praised our creative charging approach.
About The Author
Thomas M. O’Connell is the former Senior Litigation Counsel and Chief of the Narcotics and Violent Crimes Section of the United States Attorney’s Office in Las Vegas, Nevada. In addition to his 13 years in the Las Vegas U.S. Attorneys Office, he served for 8 years in the Northern District of California. Tom retired in 2013 and relocated back to Las Vegas. Since then, he has helped trained Las Vegas Metro, North Las Vegas and Henderson police, and U.S. Probation. He’s addressed inmates at High Desert State Prison and guest lectured at both UNLV and Boyd School of Law.