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LOCAL: CAMDEN, N.J.
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42-year old, Luciana Machado, of Riverdale, and 45-year old, Julianna Gomes-Souza, of Cinnaminson, N.J., were arrested by F.B.I agents last week. The two Burlington County business owners were arrested and charged in an illegal check-cashing scheme. According to a report from MyChesCo.com, the pair are alleged to have been operating an illegal unlicensed check-cashing operation that cashed over $175 million in checks, and failed to file Currency Transaction Reports (CTR) on their customers, according to the report.
The indictment against the defendants allege:
Since at least 2018, Machado and Gomes-Souza have operated two businesses (Via Brazil 1 in Riverside, and Via Brazil II in Philadelphia) as a criminal enterprise that allowed their customers to cash over $175 million in checks without generating CTRs or financial records identifying their customers. This facilitates the customer’s ability to pay off-the-books employees and laborers in cash and avoid payroll and income taxes.
The two were arrested on June 9. They made their first court appearance on Thursday morning, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Ann Marie Donio. The charges carry a maximum penalty of five years in prison and/or a $250,000 fine.