The U.S. Attorney's Office announced on Friday the indictment of nine people charged in a $2 million money laundering scheme involving funds obtained from shipping one ton of marijuana sent from California to Ohio.
The following individuals were charged with engaging in a money laundering conspiracy:
- Aaron L. Eisenberg, 39, of California and formerly of Lake County
- Jack Morgan, 53, of California
- Jacob Lesiak, 40, of Chardon
- Margaret Garcia, 40, of Chardon
- Gary Baldwin, 43, of Huntsburg
- Trevor Marlyne, 32, of Cleveland Heights
- Robert Ross, 47, of Florida
- Brian Teachout, 38, of Mentor
- Richard Warren, 43, of Willoughby
Eisenberg, Morgan, Lesiak, Garcia, Baldwin, Warren and Teachout were also charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. Teachout was also charged with being a felon in possession of firearms. He was found with multiple handguns as well as an AR-15 and an AK-47.
Authorities said Corrie Lesiak, 40, of Chardon and Cynthia Hounshell, 61, of Concord, were indicted as well on "related money laundering charges."
The charges stem from shipments of marijuana that were sent from California to Wickliffe starting in 2014 and then sold throughout Northeast Ohio. The money was then sent back to California on pallets labeled as computer parts from fake companies to hide the sender's identity, according to authorities.