Attorney sentenced to 5 1/2 years in prison

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A federal court judge lashed out at a criminal defense attorney yesterday before sentencing him to 5 1/2 years in prison for laundering drug profits on behalf of criminal defendants in state court.

Prosecutors said Perlmutter had received about $30,000 since 2006 for participating in an elaborate scheme to hide drug profits. He deposited the money in small amounts into an account that lawyers use to safeguard client funds, called an Interest on Lawyer’s Trust Account. He then converted the money into cashier’s checks to bail out defendants with pending drug cases in Massachusetts courts.

The checks were delivered to defendants’ associates who used them as bail money. Perlmutter did not represent the defendants. Prosecutors said Perlmutter laundered over $2.3 million.
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In a typical bail transaction, one of Perlmutter’s co-conspirators, Rafael Benzan, called Perlmutter to seek Perlmutter’s assistance with posting bail for a drug defendant. Perlmutter then met Benzan or one of Benzan’s associates either at Benzan’s Roxbury office or at a nearby bank branch, where Perlmutter picked up large sums of cash, typically in a duffel bag, and deposited the cash into his IOLTA. In one such bail transaction in May 2009, Perlmutter received $250,000 in cash from Benzan, over half of which consisted of $20 bills. Perlmutter deposited the cash into his IOLTA, and then immediately withdrew the cash in the form of a cashier’s check that was used to bail out a felony drug defendant. Perlmutter did not actually represent the defendants for whom he was performing these bail transactions.
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