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Grand Rapids man faces up to 23 years for money laundering, tax charges
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - A Grand Rapids man is facing up to 23 years in prison on federal money laundering and income tax charges.
Nehemiah Muzamhindo, a Grand Rapids resident and citizen of Zimbabwe pleaded guilty to the charges on Friday, as announced by U.S. Attorney Patrick Miles.
Muzamhindo faces a maximum sentence of 23 years, restitution, and fines, along with possible deportation.
Muzamhindo drew the attention of federal officials in 2008 for his alleged role in a fraudulent U.S. passport scheme.
While searching his home, federal agents say they discovered evidence of large wire transfers from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation in the Republic of South Africa.
According to the Department of Justice, subsequent investigation revealed that Muzamhindo was part of a scheme to submit false invoices for payment to the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, which paid out roughly $800,000 between 2006 and 2008.
It was in 2008 that the group determined they were being swindled.
In the guilty plea, Muzamhindo admitted to a role in the scheme, as well as wiring about half the funds back to Africa, where an accomplice lived, and filing false tax returns in 2006 and 2008.
Sentencing has not yet been scheduled.