Worcester man pleads guilty to cocaine, firearms, money laundering and tax evasion charges | USAO-MA

BOSTON — A Worcester man pleaded guilty today to cocaine trafficking, firearms, money laundering and fraudulent tax returns.

William Hoey, 41, pleaded guilty to three counts of possession with intent to distribute cocaine and distributing cocaine; two counts of possession with intent to distribute cocaine; one count of use and possession of a firearm during and in connection with, and possession of a firearm in the pursuit of a crime of drug trafficking; two counts of money laundering; and three counts of filing a false and fraudulent tax return. United States District Court Judge Timothy S. Hillman has sentenced June 27, 2022.

On three occasions between July 2019 and September 2019, Hoey sold more than 348 grams of cocaine to a cooperating witness.

On October 22, 2019, while traveling to meet with the cooperating witness for another cocaine deal he had arranged, Hoey was stopped by officers in his vehicle. A search of the vehicle yielded the seizure of approximately 499.4 grams of cocaine along with a 9mm Ruger handgun containing seven live rounds. Hoey admitted he had the gun in case there was a problem during the cocaine deal. A subsequent search of Hoey’s residence resulted in the seizure of approximately 835.9 grams of cocaine from a safe, a Sig Sauer semi-automatic handgun loaded with eight rounds, a black Beretta firearm with 10 cartridges, $4,450 in cash, cutting agents, a scale, weights, a money counter, and several cell phones.

Hoey also attempted to conceal the proceeds of drug trafficking by transferring money from his bank accounts to accounts held by someone else. On October 25, 2019, Hoey had TD Ameritrade issue a check for $80,400 payable to another person, which was then deposited into a newly opened Leominster Credit Union account in the other person’s name. . And, on March 24, 2020, Hoey had another check issued by TD Bank in the amount of $87,180 payable to the same persons which was deposited in the Leominster Credit Union account. Hoey made these financial transactions knowing that the funds in the TD Ameritrade and TD Bank accounts actually included funds from his drug trafficking activities.

Additionally, in 2017, 2018 and 2019, Hoey knowingly and willfully filed false and fraudulent tax returns by omitting his income from drug trafficking on his tax returns for each year.

The charge of possession with intent to distribute cocaine and distributing cocaine carries a sentence of up to 20 years in prison, at least three years and up to lifetime probation and a fine of up to at $1 million. The charge of use or possession of a firearm while in and in connection with, or possession of a firearm in the pursuit of drug trafficking, carries a mandatory sentence of five years in prison, up to three years of probation and a fine of up to $250,000. The money laundering charge carries a sentence of up to 20 years in prison, up to three years of probation and a fine of up to $500,000. The charge of filing a false tax return carries a sentence of up to three years in prison, up to three years of probation and a $250,000 fine. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based on US sentencing guidelines and other statutory factors.

United States Attorney Rachael S. Rollins; Brian D. Boyle, special agent in charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration, Boston Field Division; and Joleen D. Simpson, Special Agent in Charge of the Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigations, made the announcement today. Assistant U.S. Attorney John T. Mulcahy of Rollins’ Narcotics and Money Laundering Unit is prosecuting the case.

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