Jeweler Pleads Guilty in Drug Dealer Bling Bust

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A jeweler accused of helping big dope dealers with a "thing for the bling" dodge the tax collector has pleaded guilty to a money laundering charge.
Gary Yee also agreed to forfeit $1 million. Sentencing is Oct. 29 in Detroit federal court.
A 2008 indictment says the 38-year-old West Bloomfield man ran Golden Sun Jewelers in Southfield and sold jewelry for cash in amounts of $10,000 without filing needed federal forms.
A message was left Tuesday for defense lawyer Steven F. Fishman.
Prosecutors say Yee laundered $1.5 million for major drug dealers and other criminals.
IRS Special Agent Maurice Aouate says dealers have a "thing for the bling" and "seek out jewelers with the reputation to break the law."

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