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Young Iowa woman who bought a house using funds from smuggling and trafficking counterfeit merchandise sent to jail

SIOUX CITY – A young Iowa woman who bought a house using funds from smuggling and trafficking counterfeit merchandise was sent to jail for 30 days.

Yesenia Ledesma-Ledezma, age 23, from Albert City, Iowa, received a prison term after pleading guilty on August 9, 2021, and agreeing to forfeit property acquired with proceeds from her illegal business.

At a plea hearing, Ledesma-Ledezma admitted that on April 9, 2020, she engaged in money laundering by purchasing a home for approximately $65,000 with proceeds derived from her extensive business operations which involved smuggling counterfeit goods into the United States and trafficking those counterfeit goods. The counterfeit goods known to law enforcement had an approximate domestic value of over $370,000, and defendant took in a profit of at least $65,000 from her counterfeit trafficking and smuggling activities.

Ledesma-Ledezma was sentenced in Sioux City by United States District Court Chief Judge Leonard T. Strand. Ledesma-Ledezma was sentenced to 30 days’ imprisonment. She must also serve a two-year term of supervised release after the prison term. There is no parole in the federal system.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Ron Timmons and was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations and the United States Postal Inspection Service.

Ledesma-Ledezma is in the Hardin county jail at this time.

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