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Appellate court affirms Verdera's conviction

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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.

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