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  • CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (3/1/12)--Joseph Cofield, 23, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, was sentenced Feb. 21 to 10 years in prison for the robbery of Community 1st CU last May. He had pleaded guilty in January to the heist. Cofield was fined $1,000 and ordered to pay back to the credit union more than $6,600.  Cofield was captured after relatives identified him in surveillance photos. Another man who allegedly acted as lookout and getaway car driver, Tony Perez, 32, also of Cedar Rapids, pleaded guilty last year and was also sentenced to 10 years in prison (Associated Press Newswires Feb. 24) …
  • JUNEAU, Alaska (3/1/12)--SallyJean Maki, 26, of Juneau, Alaska, pleaded guilty to laundering more than $25,000 for drug dealers accused of bringing oxycodone from California to Alaska. Maki allegedly deposited drug-sales proceeds into the account of alleged ringleader Milan Thomas at True North FCU, Juneau, between July 2010 and August 2011.  The deposits were claimed as business receipts for Southeast Alaska Tour Co., a fraudulent business set up to launder the funds. Maki faces a maximum of 20 years in prison, a $500,000 fine, and three years of supervised release.  She will be sentenced in May. Thomas, indicted on drug conspiracy and money laundering conspiracy charges, is still at large. A third person, Hilary Herndon, also alleged to be a ringleader, pleaded guilty last week to one count each of drug conspiracy and money laundering (Associated Press Newswires Feb. 23) …


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