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U.S. v. LOBEL

February 2, 2004.

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, -against- MARC LOBEL, Defendant


The opinion of the court was delivered by: ROBERT SWEET, Senior District Judge

SENTENCING OPINION

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. Page 2

The Defendant

  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. Page 3

  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.

 The Offense

  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 ...


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