The opinion of the court was delivered by: ROBERT SWEET, Senior District Judge
On July 23, 2001, defendant Myriam Nudell ("Nudell") allocuted to one
count of Conspiracy to Commit Money Laundering, in violation of
18 U.S.C. § 1956 (h), and her plea was accepted on December 10, 2001.
From at least 1998 through November 2000, Nudell. and others conspired to
launder narcotics proceeds in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1956
(a)(1)(B)(i). Nudell will be sentenced to 87 months' imprisonment to be
followed by three years' supervised release. She is further ordered to
pay a fine of $15,000. A special assessment fee of $100 is mandatory and
is due immediately.
This statement of facts draws on the Presentence Investigation Report
prepared by the U.S. Probation Office. The Defendant
Nudell was reportedly born Myriam Gaitan Martin on June 19, 1944 in
Bogota, Colombia. She is the second of five children born to the marital
union of Alfredo Gaitan, now deceased, and Blanca Martin, who currently
resides in Colombia.
According to Nudell, she entered the United States on December 20, 1967
and has lived here ever since. She reported that she became a U.S.
citizen on November 2, 1978.
On July 27, 1975, Nudell reportedly married Leslie Nudell in Nassau
County, New York. The defendant and her husband have two children
together, one of whom continues to reside with Nudell and her husband in
Melville, New York.
According to Nudell, she completed her high school education in Bogota,
Colombia. She reported no educational experience in the United States
with the exception of a real-estate salesperson course attended from 2001
to 2002. Nudell stated that she passed the New York State exam but that
she never applied for a license.
Nudell currently performs domestic work cleaning homes for various
individuals and families on Long Island. She reportedly earns about
$1,100 per month. From 2001 to 2003 she worked as a day-care provider for Carol O'Connell, who reported that Nudell
was an excellent employee.
From 2000 to 2001, Nudell worked for a temporary employment agency,
performing such tasks as data entry. In July 2000, Nudell reportedly
tried to start an employment agency known as Myriam's Agency in Glen
Head, New York. She advised that she completed all of the necessary
paperwork but never conducted any business, and Myriam's Agency was
officially closed on November 16, 2000.
In January 1998, Nudell started a business in Manhattan called Fortune
Import/Export Corp., where she bought women's clothing wholesale and
resold the clothing to customers who came to New York. Due to competition
and the devaluation of the peso, Nudell closed this business on June 30,
From 1993 to 2000, Nudell operated a sole proprietorship called
Fashions By Myriam, which she operated from her home. She reportedly
bought women's clothing from the fashion district wholesale and then
traveled to Colombia where she resold the items to various boutiques.
From approximately 1977 until 1993, Nudell was primarily a full-time
mother for her children. However, she traveled to Colombia frequently and
sold clothing there that she brought from the United States. Prior to that time Nudell was employed as a secretary
in Manhattan as well as, before 1967, in Colombia.
Due to unsecured debt in the form of credit cards, Nudell has
liabilities in the amount of $7,900. Nudell's net monthly cash flow,
including her spouse's income and a contribution from her son, amounts to
$873. The Nudell family has three cars, all registered to Nudell's
husband. They are unencumbered assets, valued at $19,500. The Nudell
family home is currently valued at $550,000, ...