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Old 01-04-2011, 01:46 AM
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http://www.mixedmartialarts.com/news...ey-laundering/
Chael Sonnen, an ultimate fighting champion and one-time candidate for a seat in Congress, has pleaded to a federal money laundering charge.

A licensed Realtor from West Linn, Sonnen admitted before a judge Monday that he conducted a financial transaction designed to hide or disguise the ownership and control of proceeds of mortgage fraud, according to a U.S. Department of Justice press release.

The development is the latest during a rough stretch for Sonnen.

The UFC middleweight is suspended from fighting after reportedly testing positive for drugs in late 2010.

Sonnen had dropped out of the race for House District 37 last June citing a 2006 “legal issue” demanding his attention.

After he bowed out, the Republican party chose Julie Parrish, a political newcomer from West Linn, to replace Sonnen in the race against Democrat Will Rasmussen, a lawyer from West Linn. Parrish won election as House 37’s representative in November.

Marcus Williams, a special agent in charge of IRS criminal investigations for the Pacific Northwest, issued a public statement about Sonnen’s case.

“West Linn residents, and other residents throughout the Portland-Vancouver area, can rest assured knowing that federal law enforcement agencies take mortgage fraud very seriously because it played a major role in almost crippling this nation’s banking system just a few years ago,” he said.

Money laundering carries a sentence of up to 20 years in prison and a $500,000 fine.

Sonnen’s sentencing is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. March 28.

An Oregon real estate agent has pleaded guilty to money laundering in connection with a mortgage fraud case involving Vancouver-based Lighthouse Financial Group, which also did business under the name Crown Point Financial Services.

Chael Sonnen, 33, of West Linn, Ore., entered the plea Monday in U.S. District Court in Portland. He will be sentenced March 28. The maximum sentence is 20 years in prison and a $500,000 fine.

According to a news release, Sonnen acted as the real estate agent in a transaction involving a home in Portland, and submitted a false letter and sales agreement instructing the title company to disburse $69,000 to a contractor for plumbing repairs. However, in a deal arranged by Lighthouse employees, $65,000 of the money was actually kicked back to the buyer.

Federal prosecutors allege that two Lighthouse employees, Joel Rosabal and Chadwick Amsden, submitted the false loan application to a now-defunct subprime lender.
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Old 01-04-2011, 02:24 AM
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Gives this GIF a whole new meaning.

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Old 01-04-2011, 02:27 AM
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LOL ... was waiting for JB to enter the thread ... LOL .. can he change his name to Fail Sonnen?
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Old 01-04-2011, 02:31 AM
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I just got a text message dropping that news on me...unreal...
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Old 01-04-2011, 02:48 AM
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So is it safe to say now that Chael is done?
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Old 01-04-2011, 02:53 AM
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that crap happens all the time

they'll be hundreds of cases just like this one, sonnen is just a big name, and made the wrong people mad
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LoL all weekend and today i have been kind of upset cause I hadn't read J.B's thoughts on Saturday's fights. As soon as I read the title of the threat I knew he would be on

War Sonnen Fu(@ the world !!!!!
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So is it safe to say now that Chael is done?
I guess Silva is going to keep he's unbeaten record in the UFC after all.
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Old 01-04-2011, 03:55 AM
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Seems like the longer this guy is around, the more scandals he is involved in.
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Old 01-04-2011, 03:56 AM
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LoL all weekend and today i have been kind of upset cause I hadn't read J.B's thoughts on Saturday's fights. As soon as I read the title of the threat I knew he would be on

War Sonnen Fu(@ the world !!!!!
I am still recovering from New Years Eve...

Fights have been the last thing on my mind the last few days brother. I need to re-watch them.
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