On Monday, United States Attorney Roger B. Handberg announced that a federal jury has found Cornelius “Neal” Singleton, 60, Miramar, Florida, guilty of two counts of international money laundering.
Singleton faces up to 20 years in prison, on each count. A sentencing date has not yet been set. Singleton had been indicted on July 13, 2021.
According to testimony and evidence presented at trial, on March 28, 2020, Singleton delivered more than $660,000 in cash he intended to have delivered to individuals within Colombia.
In cooperation with the Colombian National Police, agents from Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in Tampa and HSI (Bogota) arranged to have the funds delivered to its intended recipients in Colombia – members of a group of suspected large-scale narcotics traffickers.
After the successful delivery was made in Bogota, Colombia, in June 2020, negotiations began with Singleton for additional deliveries of cash to be delivered to Colombia. In June 2021, Singleton brought nearly $1.1 million in cash to downtown St. Petersburg to be delivered to the same individuals in Colombia. HSI agents arrested Singleton at that time.
As a result of Singleton’s arrest, HSI (Tampa) has broadened their investigation targeting multiple persons located within the United States, Colombia, and elsewhere.