A Danville man has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Oakland on charges of laundering $550,000 provided by an undercover agent who posed as a drug dealer, federal prosecutors announced today. Anthony Keslinke, 46, was charged in an indictment filed Thursday with one count of conspiring to engage in money laundering and five counts of laundering $550,000 in cash on five occasions between last August and February 6 of this year.
Keslinke also allegedly collected an additional $49,500 from the agent in commissions. The indictment replaces a one-count criminal complaint filed by prosecutors under seal on Feb. 6. U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag said Keslinke was arrested at his residence in Danville on Feb. 10. On the same day, Haag said, agents seized more than $320,000 in cash from his house and more than $1.4 million from bank accounts he controlled.
The indictment seeks forfeiture of those funds. At an initial appearance in federal court in Oakland on Feb. 11, Keslinke was released on a $450,000 bond by U.S. Magistrate Kandis Westmore. He is due to return to Westmore’s court on June 5 for arraignment on the indictment. The indictment alleges that Keslinke laundered the cash by depositing it in various bank accounts he had opened in the name of purported businesses, and then wiring money from those accounts to one controlled by the undercover U.S. Internal Revenue Service agent. Keslinke’s defense attorney, David Larkin of Walnut Creek, declined to comment on the case.
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