A 34-year-old man who owns three marijuana dispensaries in Colorado is currently facing various criminal charges for allegedly using his dispensaries to commit white collar crimes and to conduct illegal grow operations. In addition to the dispensary owner, 11 other individuals have been charged as part of the massive indictment, including a doctor and a lawyer who allegedly helped run the white collar scams via the dispensary.
According to the police report and court documents associated with the case, the dispensary owner and others conned various people and entities to invest in the dispensaries and then used the invested money to pay off personal debts and to invest in personal ventures unrelated to the dispensaries themselves. Additionally, the dispensary owner is alleged to have conspired to set up illegal marijuana growing operations, to have encouraged the employees at his dispensaries to sell to those with medical marijuana licenses and to have encouraged these employees to not ring up certain sales in an effort to avoid paying taxes on these sales.
The specific charges that the dispensary owner is now facing include charges of:
- Illegal marijuana cultivation and distribution
- Money laundering
- Securities fraud
- Tax evasion
Because tax evasion is typically a federal crime, the dispensary owner could be facing years in federal prison if he is ultimately convicted on this charge alone.
Denver Criminal Defense Lawyers
The authorities take allegations of white collar crimes, particularly those involving alleged tax evasion and racketeering, extremely seriously, and these charges – even if a person is ultimately acquitted of them – can have a devastating impact on a person’s personal and professional life. If you or a loved one has been accused of any white collar crime in Denver, you will need an experienced defense attorney who is dedicated to defending your rights.
At the Law Office of Andres R. Guevara, our skilled Denver criminal defense lawyers are committed to providing the accused with the best possible defense and to working tirelessly to helping them resolve their case as favorably as possible. To learn more about your legal rights and receive expert advice on how to proceed with your case, contact us at (720) 379-8262.