San Diego lawyer pleads guilty to money laundering

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Updated: 7/15/2014 9:53 pm

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A San Diego criminal defense attorney has acknowledged laundering $100,000 in drug proceeds from a marijuana dispensary owner.

James Warner pleaded guilty Tuesday to conspiracy and witness-tampering.

The charges carry a potential sentence of 23 years but under a plea agreement, prosecutors will recommend the 65-year-old lawyer serve no prison time.

Warner acknowledged that he arranged to launder $100,000 that federal agents missed when searching his client's home two years ago. The money was placed in his personal and business accounts and Warner sent a similar sum of his own money to an account in the British Virgin Islands.

The dispensary owner hasn't been charged.

Warner also agreed to forfeit $200,000 cash that authorities seized when searching his office.

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