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Former Omaha ATF Agent Pleads Guilty to Structuring Money Transactions to Evade Reporting Requirements

Publication date: 
Friday, September 17, 2021

COUNCIL BLUFFS, IA – Paul A. White, age 52, a former federal agent with the Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Bureau in Omaha, Nebraska, pleaded guilty on September 14, 2021, in the District Court of Nebraska to a United States Attorney’s Information charging a violation of Title 31, United States Code, Sections 5324(a)(3) and 5324(d), Structuring Financial Transactions to Evade Reporting Requirement. The case is being prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa, based on the recusal of the District of Nebraska United States Attorney’s Office.

According to court documents, from October 29, 2018, to February 26, 2019, White deposited a total of $99,900 in two banks. White structured the deposits to evade the requirement that banks report cash transactions in excess of $10,000.

White is scheduled to be sentenced on December 17, 2021 and faces a sentence of up to five years in prison. A federal district court judge will determine the sentence after considering the United States Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

Acting U.S. Attorney, Richard D. Westphal, of the Southern District of Iowa made the announcement. The Office of Inspector General investigated the case.

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