Ex-Evansville official gets 4 years for money laundering

A federal judge has sentenced a former Evansville Redevelopment Commission member to four years in prison for money laundering.

The Evansville Courier and Press reports John "Jay" Carter was sentenced Thursday. He was convicted in October of seven counts of money laundering, two counts of lying to law enforcement and other charges. Judge Richard L. Young also sentenced Carter to three years of supervised release after prison.

Carter's attorneys asked for probation or a lighter prison term.

The 49-year-old Carter was accused of laundering cash for a marijuana trafficking network between May 2011 and November 2012. Prosecutors say more than $1 million in case and assets were seized during the investigation, including trash bags filled with cash.

Carter resigned from the commission after he was indicted in April 2013.

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