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Lawyer convicted in money-laundering conspiracy case

December 29, 2021 GMT

BALTIMORE (AP) — A federal jury convicted a prominent Maryland lawyer Tuesday in a money-laundering conspiracy case, but acquitted his co-defendants.

Kenneth Ravenell, 61, of Monkton, was convicted of conspiracy to commit money laundering, but acquitted of racketeering-conspiracy and narcotics-conspiracy charges, news outlets reported.

Ravenell faces up to 20 years in prison at sentencing May 14. Under the Maryland rules, his conviction will suspend his law license.

The jury found attorney Joshua Treem, 73, of Columbia and investigator Sean Gordon, 45, of Crownsville not guilty of falsifying documents, obstructing an official proceeding and conspiring to commit crimes against the federal government.

Treem, a former federal prosecutor, was an attorney for Lee Boyd Malvo, the teen convicted in the Washington-area sniper attacks. He began representing Ravenell in 2016 in connection with a federal grand jury investigation into Ravenell’s work.

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The charges were part of an investigation tied to a multistate marijuana operation. Ravenell was indicted in 2019 and accused of helping his drug trafficker client launder money. Prosecutors alleged that Ravenell used his firm’s accounts to hide hundreds of thousands of dollars in drug proceeds and pay lawyers retained by other members of the conspiracy.

Last year, an indictment alleged that Ravenell, Treem and Gordon worked together to impede an investigation.