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Filipino Senator’s Wife Sentenced In McCarran Cash Smuggling

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(LAS VEGAS  KXNT) The wife of a Philippines seantor has been sentenced in a cash smuggling case. It stems from the arrest of 55 year old Marissa Tadeo Lapid at McCarran Airport in Las Vegas just over a year ago.

Lapid is the wife of Senator Manuel “Lito” Lapid. In all, authorities say Lapid smuggled more than $2.5 million dollars in currency and wire transfers  into this country from the Phillipines over a three year period.

ICE, the federal immigration enforcement agency, says Lapid has been sentenced to five months of home confinement and three years probation for smuggling bulk cash and conspiring to structure those transactions in order to evade reporting requirements.

The government says Lapid originally came under suspicion in November 2010 when she failed to declare $40,000 in currency following her arrival at McCarran on a flight from the Philippines. According to court documents, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers subsequently found the money in Lapid’s luggage inside two socks and a cloth bag concealed under the suitcase’s lining.

HSI’s subsequent investigation revealed that, from January 2009 through June 2010, Lapid conspired with others to make 23 cash deposits of under $10,000 at multiple banks in the Las Vegas area, often on the same day, knowing the banks were obligated to report cash transactions of more than $10,000. In all, the defendant structured $159,700 in deposits. 
HSI special agents arrested Marissa Lapid at McCarran International Airport Jan. 15, 2012, following her arrival on a flight from the Philippines. 
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