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BOSTON – A federal grand jury in Worcester returned a superseding indictment adding money laundering and tax fraud charges against a Worcester man already under indictment for cocaine and firearms charges.

William Hoey, 40, was indicted in a superseding indictment with two counts of money laundering and three counts of filing a false and fraudulent tax return.

These charges augment the November 2019 indictment charging Hoey with three counts of possession with intent to distribute cocaine and distribution of cocaine; one count of possession with intent to distribute cocaine; one count of possession with intent to distribute more than 500 grams of cocaine; one count of using and carrying a firearm during and in relation to, and possessing a firearm in furtherance of, a drug trafficking crime; and one count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

According to the indictment, Hoey was involved in at least two financial transactions involving proceeds from illegal controlled substances, and he knew that the transactions were designed to conceal the nature of the illegal proceeds. The first transaction involved an $80,400 check issued on Oct. 25, 2019. The second transaction occurred on March 24, 2020 and involved a check for approximately $87,000. It is further alleged that Hoey filed false and fraudulent tax returns for himself in 2016, 2017 and 2018 in which he falsely reported his total income for those years.

The charge of possession with intent to distribute cocaine and distribution of cocaine provides for a sentence of up to 20 years in prison, at least three years and up to life of supervised release and a fine of up to $1 million. The charge of possession with intent to distribute more than 500 grams of cocaine provides for a sentence of at least five years and up to 40 years in prison, at least four years and up to life of supervised release and a fine of up to $5 million. The charge of using or carrying a firearm during and in relation to, or possessing a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking, provides for a mandatory sentence of five years in prison, up to three years of supervised release and a fine of up to $250,000. The charge of money laundering provides for a sentence of up to 20 years in prison, up to three years of supervised release and a fine of up to $500,000. The charge of filing a false tax return provides for a sentence of up to three years in prison, up to three years of supervised release and a fine of $250,000. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling; Brian D. Boyle, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration, Boston Field Division; and Joleen Simpson, Acting Special Agent in Charge of Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigations made the announcement today. Assistant U.S. Attorney John T. Mulcahy of Lelling’s Worcester Branch Office is prosecuting the case.

The details contained in the charging documents are allegations. The defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

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