D.C. Police Officer Accused of Money Laundering

Friday, Oct 11, 2013  |  Updated 5:10 PM EDT
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D.C. Police Officer Accused of Money Laundering

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A Metropolitan Police Department officer faces a money laundering conspiracy charge stemming from the purchase and financing of two cars and a motorcycle with money that allegedly came from a drug conspiracy.

A Washington grand jury indicted 49-year-old Stephanie Ellison Thursday, prosecutors said. Ellison, an MPD officer since 1986, was arrested Friday and pleaded not guilty during a court appearance.

In 2011 and 2012, Ellison conspired to purchase a Maserati, a BMW and a Harley Davidson motorcycle with drug proceeds in order to conceal the money, prosecutors said.

If convicted, Ellison faces up to 20 years in prison.

A police department spokeswoman did not immediately return an email message requesting comment Friday. Ellison's lawyer did not return a telephone call Friday.

Ellison is on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of court proceedings.
 

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