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Date: 10-15-2019

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United States of America v. Michael Joseph Nicholson

Case Number: 3:17-cr-00151-TMB

Judge: Timothy M. Burgess

Court: United Stats District Court for the District of Alaska (Anchorage Borough)

Plaintiff's Attorney: Stephen A. Collins and Kelly A. Cavanaugh

Defendant's Attorney:


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Anchorage, AK - Los Angeles Man Sentenced to 10 Years in Federal Court for Drug and Money Laundering Conspiracies

Michael Joseph Nicholson, 36, of Los Angeles, California, was sentenced to 10 years in prison, to be followed by a 5-year term of supervised release, for his role in a drug and money laundering conspiracy that distributed cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamine in Anchorage, Alaska.

According to documents filed, Nicholson along with Wendy Del Carmen Recinos, Jonathan Toliver Jr., and Reon Jordan; were part of a drug and money laundering conspiracy that began sometime in August 2016 and continued through December 2017. Among the conspirators there was an agreement to distribute heroin and cocaine in Alaska. Members of the conspiracy flew back and forth between California and Alaska for the purpose of distributing these illegal controlled substances. An Alaskan residence became a base of operations and is where the conspirators stored heroin, cocaine, and other controlled substances with the intent of distributing them in Anchorage. Investigators seized 1.4 kilos of cocaine, 2 pounds of heroin, 43 grams of benzodiazepine, and 76 grams of oxycodone.

During this same time frame, the conspirators used multiple methods to launder their drug proceeds, including deposits into bank accounts, wire transfers and shipments of bulk currency between Alaska and California. The deposited drug proceeds were used to pay travel expenses of the drug trafficking conspiracy.

Approximately $147,998 in U.S. currency, a Rolex “Sky Dweller” wrist watch, and four firearms were seized by the government as property constituting proceeds of the drug trafficking.

On February 4, 2019, Wendy Del Carmen Recinos was sentenced to six years in prison, to be followed by a five-year term of supervised release, for her role in the drug and money laundering conspiracies.

On February 4, 2019, Renee Livingston was sentenced to five years of probation for her role in the money laundering conspiracy.

On March 25, 2019, Jonathan Toliver Jr. was sentenced to five years in prison, to be followed by a five-year term of supervised release, for his role in the drug and money laundering conspiracies.

On March 25, 2019, Reon Jordan was sentenced to five years in prison, to be followed by a four-year term of supervised release, for her role in the drug and money laundering conspiracies.

On July 9, 2019, Nicole Manglona was sentenced to two years in prison, to be followed by a three-year term of supervised release, for her role in the money laundering conspiracy.

U.S. Attorney Bryan Schroder commends all investigative and prosecutorial officials. “This case is a great example of the interagency cooperation we see every day in Alaska. The law enforcement officers and prosecutors in this case worked diligently to take down a significant drug trafficking operation, but also conducted a financial investigation to disrupt the money laundering aspect of the organization and seize the money, jewelry, and firearms illegally obtained by the defendants.”

This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), IRS-Criminal Investigation, Anchorage Police Department Vice Unit, Homeland Security Investigations, and the United States Postal Inspection Service.


Charges:

21:846 and 841(a)(1) and (b)(1)(A) and (B) DRUG CONSPIRACY
(1)

21:846 and 841(a)(1) and (b)(1)(A) DRUG CONSPIRACY
(1s)

18:1956(h) CONSPIRACY TO COMMIT MONEY LAUNDERING
(2)

18:1956(h) CONSPIRACY TO COMMIT MONEY LAUNDERING
(2s)

18:924(c)(1)(A) POSSESSION OF FIREARM IN FURTHERANCE OF DRUG TRAFFICKING CRIME
(3s)

Outcome: Defendant was sentence to 120 months, 5 years Supervised Release, $200 Special Assessment. Defendant to forfeit his interest in the property to the United States as directed. Count 3s DISMISSED.


10/01/2019 314 SENTENCING MEMORANDUM by USA as to Michael Joseph Nicholson (Collins, Stephan) (Entered: 10/01/2019)
10/01/2019 315 SEALED SENTENCING MEMORANDUM ADDENDUM as to Michael Joseph Nicholson (Collins, Stephan) (Entered: 10/01/2019)
10/01/2019 316 SENTENCING MEMORANDUM by Michael Joseph Nicholson (Herz, Robert) (Entered: 10/01/2019)
10/01/2019 317 SEALED SENTENCING MEMORANDUM ADDENDUM as to Michael Joseph Nicholson (Herz, Robert) (Entered: 10/01/2019)
10/01/2019 318 NOTICE of Filing Character Letters and Certificates of Completion by Michael Joseph Nicholson (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit, # 2 Exhibit, # 3 Exhibit, # 4 Exhibit, # 5 Exhibit, # 6 Exhibit, # 7 Exhibit)(Herz, Robert) (Entered: 10/01/2019)
10/07/2019 319 NOTICE of Filing Additonal Character Letter, Diplomas and Certificates by Michael Joseph Nicholson (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit, # 2 Exhibit, # 3 Exhibit, # 4 Exhibit, # 5 Exhibit, # 6 Exhibit)(Herz, Robert) (Entered: 10/07/2019)
10/08/2019 321 Minute Entry for proceedings held before Judge Timothy M. Burgess: Imposition of Sentence held 10:04 AM to 10:21 AM on 10/8/2019 for Michael Joseph Nicholson (1). Court and counsel heard re no unresolved objections to PSR. Court and counsel heard re defendant's objection to statutory sentence. Counts 1s, and 2s, 120 months, 5 years Supervised Release, $200 Special Assessment. Defendant to forfeit his interest in the property to the United States as directed. Count 3s DISMISSED. Revised PSR to be filed. Court advised the defendant of his appeal rights. APPEARANCES: Defendant present, in-custody; Stephan A. Collins, AUSA; John Shroeder, USPO; Robert Herz, retained; R. Joy Stancel, Official Court Reporter. (RMC, COURT STAFF) (Entered: 10/10/2019)
10/09/2019 320 REVISED FINAL PRESENTENCE INVESTIGATION REPORT (Sealed) as to Michael Joseph Nicholson. (Schroeder, John) (Entered: 10/09/2019)

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