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Appeals from the United States District Court For the Southern District of Texas

Appellant Juan Garcia Rodriguez was charged in two separate indictments for his role in the illegal transporting of aliens. The indictments included charges of conspiracy, transportation of aliens and money laundering. Rodriguez was ultimately sentenced to eighteen months for an alien-transporting charge in the first indictment. After a jury trial for the second indictment, Rodriguez was found guilty on three counts involving money laundering and was sentenced to 80 months’ imprisonment to run concurrent to his 18-month sentence. Rodriguez now appeals, asserting that the evidence was insufficient to convict him of the money-laundering charges, that the district court failed to conduct a proper inquiry into his waiver of conflict-free counsel and that the total offense level in the pre-sentencing report (“PSR”) was erroneously based on his income rather than on the actual amount of money laundered.

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