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DC officer accused of money laundering conspiracy

Saturday - 10/12/2013, 10:02am  ET

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A Metropolitan Police Department officer faces a money laundering conspiracy charge stemming from the purchase and financing of two cars and a motorcycle with money that allegedly came from a drug conspiracy.

Prosecutors say Stephanie Ellison was indicted by a Washington grand jury Thursday. Prosecutors say that the 49-year-old Ellison, a police officer since 1986, was arrested Friday and pleaded not guilty during a court appearance.

Prosecutors say that in 2011 and 2012, Ellison conspired to purchase a Maserati, a BMW and a Harley Davidson motorcycle with drug proceeds in order to conceal the money.

If convicted, Ellison faces up to 20 years in prison. The police department wrote in a statement she is now on administrative leave with pay. Ellison's lawyer did not return a telephone call Friday.


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