Saturday, October 31, 2020

Former Prichard chief of staff sentenced to one year for money laundering

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A former City of Prichard chief of staff has been sentenced in federal court to a year and a day in prison and ordered to pay more than $200,000 in restitution to the city.

James Antuan Blackman, 33, of Mobile, was sentenced today by Chief U.S. District Judge Kristi K. DuBose. Blackman pleaded guilty Feb. 19 to one count of theft concerning programs receiving federal funds and one count of money laundering.

According to Blackman’s plea, during his time as Prichard chief of staff and administrative assistant from November 2016 to January 2018, he used his position to divert money and property to himself.

Blackman said he falsified city invoices, deposited city checks to his own account, and used his position to divert three pieces of property from the city to his own benefit. Then, Blackman laundered money through a $39,200 wire transfer from a bank account under his control to a title company to buy property.

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Authorities at the time of Blackman’s arrest in February 2018 said Blackman stole in excess of $157,000 from the city.

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