Tucson woman charged in connection to national money laundering ring

TUCSON- A Tucson woman has been charged with money laundering in connection to a national money laundering ring, according to Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich.

Courtney Rochelle Ward is accused of depositing and withdrawing more than $140,000 into Wells Fargo bank accounts around the country.

Authorities say between August 2014 and July 2015, Ward allegedly deposited $147,740 into bank accounts on the east coast and then withdrew $144,355 from Tucson Wells Fargo branches.

Brnovich said she deposited numerous cash deposits of less than $10,000 to avoid reporting requirement triggers.

Ward allegedly distributed the cash to unknown individuals.

Brnovich said Ward is also charged with Fraud and Forgery after AZAG agents discovered Ward received more than $22,000 in Nutrition Assistance and Medicaid benefits, but never reported incomes while receiving the benefits.

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