Grocer convicted in money laundering case
By Brandon Ortiz
A Lexington grocer was convicted Thursday of 23 criminal counts for his role in a money laundering scheme for organized retail theft rings.
Federal prosecutors said Abduhl Sulaiman, 47, laundered millions of dollars for five organized crime rings that dealt in stolen baby formula and health and beauty products, a prosecutor said Monday.
A U.S. District Court jury in Lexington convicted Sulaiman of one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering , 10 counts of failure to file currency transaction reports and 12 counts of money laundering. The jury acquitted Sulaiman of five counts of money laundering.
Federal prosecutors said Sulaiman, through his grocery, Stop N Shop Discount Food on Winburn Drive, helped organized retail theft rings hide illegitimate profits by cashing third-party checks and wire transfers for them.
Sulaiman’s attorney, C. Wayne Shepherd, argued at trial that Sulaiman ran a legitimate business and was not aware that the other businesses were involved in organized crime.
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