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Carwash owner sentenced in sting operation

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The undercover agent claimed he was a restaurateur wanting to invest in the owner’s carwash.

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — According to a report from KOAT.com, citing prosecutors, an Albuquerque carwash owner accepted cash, which was presented as drug money, that was given to him by an undercover agent.

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From late 2011 to early 2012, continued the article, the agent’s sting involved claiming that he was a restaurateur wanting to invest in owner Jerome Eckstein’s carwash.

“He pops the trunk of his car and pulls out a bag with cash and said, ‘I just went to the bank and there’s a bag of cash,’” said Julie Eckstein, who noted Eckstein gave her husband $50,000 in cash.

Eckstein, 39, was sentenced to 15 months in prison, added the article.

Read the entire article with video reporting here.

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