For those who wonder just how widespread bulk cash smuggling is in the Caribbean, Jamaica's Assets Recovery Agency has taken legal action to seize $1bn in real estate, and motor vehicles, from Jamaican businesswoman Carol Lawrence-Austin, charged and alleged by the authorities to be a major money launderer for narcotics trafficking organisations. Eight properties have been named, and several motor vehicles.
You may recall Ms. Lawrence-Austin's sister, Jean Therese Brown, who was convicted*, in Baltimore, Maryland, of being the ringleader of a posse of bulk cash couriers who smuggled cash out of the US, and into Jamaica. Ms. Brown is presently serving a 37-month sentence for Bulk Cash Smuggling. Two of her couriers, who have not been named, are believed to be cooperating with authorities.
Relatives of Ms. Lawrence-Austin and Ms. Brown, also charged are:
(1) Mavis Grant
(2) Patrice Christie
(3) Gentles Mott
(4) Paula Barrett
(5) Eustan Gillespie
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*United States vs. Brown, Case No.: 10-cr-00420-WDQ (D MD).