Kenai woman sentenced for money laundering

A 31-year-old Kenai woman was one of eight defendants sentenced in mid-July for her involvement in a money-laundering scheme.


Jacqueline Gattenby, of Kenai, received six months of home detention and 60 months of probation for what the state’s U.S. Attorney’s office described as a conspiracy to launder profits from oxycodone distribution.


The eight defendants were indicted on June 21, 2011.


Gattenby, four Anchorage residents and three out-of-state residents received sentences.


The indictment alleged that between December 2009 and Aug. 4, 2010, the defendants planned to launder drug money. The indictment included 18 financial transactions — wire transfers, bank withdrawals and deposits — between Alaska and California.


The transactions totaled more than $90,000, according to a Department of Justice press release.


The press release also lists former Alaska resident John Gattenby, 29, as a defendant. His sentence, nine months of home detention, will coincide with another sentence he received at U.S. district court in Nevada. The case also centered on money laundering.


Neither Jacqueline Gattenby nor John Gattenby have criminal records in Alaska, except some minor charges.


The Drug Enforcement Agency, the Internal Revenue Service and the Anchorage Police Department alongside other agencies investigated the case, according to the press release.

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