This morning Shawn Michael Green, a former federal fugitive accused by the feds of drug trafficking and money laundering, pleaded guilty to drug dealing and being involved in a conspiracy to distribute cocaine. The plea agreement also outlines Green's involvement in a fraud scheme, along with his mother Yolanda Crawley, in which the two used false documents to defraud mortgage companies.
In July, Green pleaded not guilty to the charges—for the second time—after the U.S. Attorneys Office filed a second superseding indictment fleshing out the case against him and detailing his role in the mortgage-fraud scheme.
According to the plea agreement, Green faces a maximum sentence of life in prison and a minimum mandatory sentence of 10 years in prison. He also agrees to forfeit more than $900,000 in cash, all of the properties purchased in the mortgage scheme, and multiple bank accounts and vehicles.
On Dec. 1, Green's attorney filed three motions with the court: one for a separate trial on the mortgage fraud and money-laundering charges; one to dismiss charges alleging that Green tried to structure withdrawals from his accounts in increments of less than $10,000 so as to evade reporting them to the IRS; and one requesting a Bill of Particulars that outlined the "essential facts" upon which the U.S. Attorneys Office was basing its case. Days later, the court calendar reflected that the motions hearing had been rescheduled as the re-arrraignment hearing that was heard today.
U.S. District Judge J. Frederick Motz scheduled a sentencing hearing in the case for Feb. 12, 2010. According to the U.S. Attorneys Office, the remaining charges against him will likely be dropped at sentencing.
Green's mother, Crawley, is currently serving a 30-month sentence for her role in the mortgage-fraud scheme. She filed an appeal of her sentence in August.