The opinion of the court was delivered by: ROBERT SWEET, Senior District Judge
Defendant Marc Lobel ("Lobel") pled guilty on December 12, 2003 to
Conspiracy to Commit Money Laundering in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1956(h).
He participated in an offense involving the proceeds of illegal gambling
and bookmaking that affected interstate and foreign commerce and to
conspiring to commit unlawful financial transactions, in violation of
18 U.S.C. § 1956 (a)(1)(A)(i) and 18 U.S.C. (a)(1)(B)(i). Lobel avoided
transaction reporting requirements, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1956 (a)
(1)(B) (ii), and engaged in monetary transactions in criminally derived
property having a value greater than $10,000, in violation of
18 U.S.C. § 1957. Lobel will be sentenced to 3 years of probation, which
will include a 6 month term of confinement. A special assessment fee of
$100 is mandatory.
Lobel was born on September 27, 1965 in Brooklyn, New York to the legal
union of Michael Lobel and Monica Lobel. He is the oldest of two
children. Lobel's father, age 61, is a retired plumber, and Lobel's
mother, age 59, works part-time as a receptionist. Lobel's parents reside
in Long Beach, New York.
Lobel has a 5 year-old son, Justin Laurino, age 5, who was born in his
prior relationship with Cheryl Laurino. On March 3, 2003, pursuant to a
Nassau County Family Court Order, Lobel was awarded temporary custody of
his son. An additional Family Court Order, dated July 25, 2003, directed
that Cheryl Laurino stay away from Lobel's home, refrain from having any
communication with Justin, and only have supervised visits with him.
Lobel is currently involved in a romantic relationship with Wendy
Murphy, age 31, who is employed as a featured adult entertainer.
Lobel has been residing in his parent's home for approximately nineteen
months. He has never resided outside of New York.
Lobel reported that he used cocaine and marijuana when he was 17 and 18
years old. He reports no additional illicit drug use.
In 1984, Lobel graduated from Long Beach High School. In 1985, he
attended courses in plumbing sponsored by the plumbing union through the
New York Trades at New York University.
Since 1999, Lobel has been the owner of 2-4 Dozen Bagels, a bagel shop,
located in Oceanside, New York. Lobel's 2002 income tax report indicated
that his business operated at a loss in that year. In early 2003, Lobel
opened Just-in-time, a home improvement business operating out of his
residence. Lobel characterized his income as minimal.
The instant offense represents Lobel's first criminal conviction.
Lobel has been convicted of Conspiracy to Commit Money Laundering. He
worked for Milton Bialostok's bookmaking operation as a pay and collect
agent. Lobel used his business checking account to conceal the source and
ownership of gambling and illegal bookmaking proceeds and to avoid ...