Monday, October 26, 2020

Former Everton city clerk pleads guilty to money-laundering conspiracy

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A former city clerk in Everton pleaded guilty to her role in a money-laundering conspiracy related to methamphetamine trafficking, officials say.

Kristy A. Conn, 35, waived her right to a grand jury and pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge David P. Rush on Nov. 1, per a news release from the United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri. She admitted that she participated in the money-laundering conspiracy from June 20 to Dec. 6, 2017.

While a city clerk, Conn admitted that she directed 39-year-old Ginger L. Huerta, of Halfway, to send wire transfers of the methamphetamine sales to members of the drug-trafficking organization in California and Mexico.

The drug-trafficking organization was responsible for the distribution of more than 4.5 kilograms of methamphetamine in the Springfield area, the attorney’s office stated.

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Huerta pleaded guilty on Oct. 31, in a separate but related case, to her role in both the drug-trafficking and money-laundering conspiracies.

Under federal statutes, Conn may be sentenced up to 20 years in federal prison without parole. A sentencing hearing has not been scheduled at this time.

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