Lawyer Admits to Money Laundering Conspiracy

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) A Kansas City, Mo., lawyer has pleaded guilty to conspiring to launder the drug money of an undercover agent posing as a marijuana dealer.

Ronald Partee, 66, entered the plea Wednesday in federal court in Kansas City, Kan.

Partee admitted that he and the operators of a credit counseling service agreed to funnel drug money through Kansas bank accounts. As part of the scheme, a certificate saying the purported dealer had completed training as a bankruptcy specialist was created.

Prosecutors say that Partee served on the counseling service’s board and approved two wire transfers that he believed were drug funds. He also engaged in a discussion with the undercover agent about the storage of marijuana.

Prosecutors have agreed to recommend a five-year prison sentence. A sentencing date hasn’t been set.