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Argued: September 30, 2009

Before: JACOBS, Chief Judge, SACK, AND LYNCH, Circuit Judges.

Defendant-Appellant Nelson Hernan Garcia appeals from the March 26, 2008 judgment of the district court sentencing him principally to 108 months in prison, following Garcia’s guilty plea to participating in a money laundering conspiracy in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1956(h). The object of the charged conspiracy was violation of the transaction provision of the money laundering statute, 18 U.S.C. § 1956(a)(1)(B)(i). Garcia admitted that he conspired to transport ill-gotten cash proceeds across the country, that the cash was disguised during this attempted transaction, and that he knew that the money would not be declared as income. On appeal, Garcia argues that this is an insufficient factual basis on which to conclude that he knew that the transaction was designed to conceal the nature, location, source, ownership, or control of the funds involved in the transaction, and that such knowledge is a required element of the charged offense.

 
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