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Erie Co. company linked to money laundering

Gregory H. Whitworth, 45, of Breton, Ala., faces up to 20 years in prison and a fine of $500,000 after pleading guilty to money laundering.

Assistant U.S. Attorney MaryEllen Kresse, who is handling the case, said from March 2005 until January 2006, Whitworth was involved in laundering the proceeds of telemarketing fraud through a Columbus, Ohio company called Integrated Check Technologies.

In the scheme, victims’ money was deposited into bank accounts controlled by Integrated Check Technologies and  then transferred back to telemarketers in Canada and the United States. Whitworth admitted that he was involved in the laundering of close to $20 million.

The owner of Integrated Check Technologies, Thomas Cimicato, pleaded guilty in January 2010 for his role in the money laundering scheme and was sentenced on Dec. 23 to four years probation.

Another company involved in the money laundering scheme was Eclipse Processing, Inc. of Williamsville, Erie County, owned by Ralph S. Guastaferro Jr., who pleaded guilty to money laundering in November 2009. He is awaiting sentencing.

Whitworth, who was previously living in Bahrain, is scheduled to be sentenced April 27 by Chief U.S. District Court Judge William M. Skretny.

One comment

  1. Friend of the Whitworths

    For more than 20 years I have been priviledged to be a friend of the Whitworth family. Greg and his wife are proud parents of three wonderful boys and served many years in various ministries tied to Campus Crusade for Christ.

    This is a witchhunt. Spend about 5 minutes with Greg and you would know he just had to be in the wrong place at the wrong time clearly involved with the wrong people…and if he is pleading guilty it is because he doesn’t see any other way and doesn’t have the money to hire a bunch of attorneys.

    Assistant US Attorney Mary Ellen Kresse – you should be ashamed of yourself for putting the Whitworths through this hell. Use whatever talents you have and prosecute the real crooks.