Law enforcement began investigating the attorney, based in Seymour, Connecticut, after receiving information from a convicted narcotics trafficker who was serving time.
The drug trafficker said that the lawyer used to represent him and that the lawyer had convinced him to invest $30,000 in cash into his law partner’s solar energy company. The attorney knew that the cash was profit from the convict’s dope trafficking activities.
In 2013, the dope dealer’s mother agreed to wear a wire while meeting with the lawyer to discuss her son’s earlier investment. The woman brought along an additional $11,000 in Drug Enforcement Administration money to the meeting and explained to the lawyer that her son had hidden the cash and wanted her to bring it to him to invest.
The recorded conversation during the meeting made it plain that the money had been illegally derived from drug dealing. The attorney accepted the cash and told the woman he was going to make out the receipt in her son’s name, stating “I don’t want to put your name on anything because I don’t want you involved with hiding things from the feds.”
Ralph Crozier, 63, was arrested shortly after the woman left his office.
“Attorney Crozier readily agreed to launder drug money for a narcotics dealer,” stated U.S. Attorney Deirdre M. Daly. “Money laundering is always a serious offense, but it is all the more serious when committed by an officer of the court. As attorneys are appropriately held to a higher standard, Crozier’s crimes are particularly troubling. This sentence reflects the seriousness of his offense and proper punishment for a lawyer who used his law license for criminal purposes.”
Crozier was sentenced to 30 months in prison for money laundering and fined $25,000. He is free on a $200,000 bond and is required to report to prison in April 2015.
Attorney Pleads Guilty in Prescription Drug Case
The defendant was a private practice attorney in Rochester, New York. He obtained prescriptions for Oxycontin and Roxycodone, both controlled substances, by claiming that the drugs were medically necessary for his brother, who was in jail at the time.
After obtaining the prescriptions, which were not medically necessary, the defendant then gave them to another family member to be filled. The prescriptions were prepared at a pharmacy and paid for by Excellus BlueCross BlueShield.
Salvatore J. Marcera Jr., 54, of Rochester, admitted to obtaining a controlled substance by misrepresentation. The charge carries a maximum penalty of four years in prison, a fine of $250,000, or both. The defendant will also pay restitution of $1,965.71 to Excellus BlueCross BlueShield.