by Mindy Aguon
Guam - The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has affirmed a conviction against Ernesto Verdera. The defendant was convicted in 2009 of bulk cash smuggling out of the United States and appealed the District Court's denial of his motion for a judgment of acquittal.
The appellate court agreed that there was sufficient evidence to show that Verdera knew he should have reported trying to take close to a million dollars out of the U.S. concealed in his checked luggage.
Verdera was sentenced to 41 months behind bars and two years supervised release.