20 years for money laundering
51-year-old Vikram Datta, who was found guilty in September last year on money-laundering charges, was sentenced in
federal court here. Manhattan
"Datta used his perfume business to remove the stench from Mexican drug cartel money, and now he will pay a steep price for his crimes," Manhattan US Attorney Preet Bharara said.
She said the "sentence should make anyone think twice about getting into business with narcotics traffickers."
Datta owned multiple retail perfume stores on the US-Mexico border and sold significant amounts of perfume to Mexican purchasers.
As payment, he accepted millions of dollars in cash that had been generated from drug sales in the
According to trial evidence, Mexican money exchange businesses purchased these "narco dollars" in exchange for Mexican pesos.