BATON ROUGE, LA. —
United States Attorney Donald J. Cazayoux, Jr. announced that a Federal Grand Jury returned an indictment on Thursday, December 1, 2011, charging KEVIN PAUL CALMES, 39, of Denham Springs, Louisiana, and CALMES MOTORSPORTS, L.L.C.,
with conspiracy to commit money laundering, money laundering, failure to file required reports, and structuring transactions in order to evade reporting requirements.
The Indictment alleges that from January 2000 through April 2007, CALMES MOTORSPORTS, L.L.C. and KEVIN PAUL CALMES conspired with multiple individuals to launder proceeds of narcotics trafficking and to avoid filing reports of their receipt of cash
greater than $10,000. KEVIN PAUL CALMES and CALMES MOTORSPORTS, L.L.C. are also charged with two counts of money laundering, three counts of structuring transactions so as to evade reporting requirements, and one count of failure to file reports of their receipt of cash greater than $10,000.
KEVIN PAUL CALMES faces a maximum sentence of 80 years in prison, fines of$2,500,000, and forfeiture of all property involved in, or used to facilitate, the money laundering and structuring transactions. If convicted, CALMES MOTORSPORTS, L.L.C. faces fines of $3,500,000 and the forfeiture of all property involved in, or used to facilitate, the money
laundering and structuring transactions.
The Indictment alleges that KEVIN PAUL CALMES and CALMES MOTORSPORTS, L.L.C. disguised the sale of motorcycles to drug dealers by falsifying invoices to reflect the receipt of less than $10,000 cash, used nominee purchasers as stand-ins for narcotics traffickers, and divided sales into multiple transactions in order to avoid filing reports of their receipt of cash
amounts greater than $10,000.
The Indictment is the result of a lengthy investigation by agents of the Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigations. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Rene Salomon.
NOTE: An indictment is a determination by a grand jury that probable cause exists to believe that offenses have been committed by a defendant. The defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty at trial.