Car dealer pleads guilty to money laundering

The owner of a Fairfield car dealership pleaded guilty Wednesday to money laundering in connection with selling a vehicle.

With his guilty plea, Bryan Barbarawi, 35, of West Chester Township, faces up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

He sold a car to an undercover agent who claimed he was paying for the car with drug money, according to a release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

In November 2014, Barbarawi accepted $21,533.50 in cash and had one of his employees fabricate a form for the transaction that falsely reported the buyer and the source of the funds.

He was charged in federal court in May 2015 with one count of money laundering and one count of filing a false currency transaction report.

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