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Lev Dermen found guilty for fuel tax fraud in the US

Lev Aslan Dermen has been found guilty by a federal jury in Salt Lake City, Utah. The jury delivered its verdict earlier today as Dermen faced multiple charges in a fuel tax credit fraud scheme that robbed the US Government of one billion dollars.  Dermen became a person of interest in Belize after it was found out in court that he had been giving tens of thousands of dollars to former Government Minister, John Saldivar. 

Lev Aslan Dermen has been found guilty by a federal jury in Salt Lake City, Utah. The jury delivered its verdict earlier today as Dermen faced multiple charges in a fuel tax credit fraud scheme that robbed the US Government of one billion dollars.  Dermen became a person of interest in Belize after it was found out in court that he had been giving tens of thousands of dollars to former Government Minister, John Saldivar.  Jacob Kingston who was once Dermen’s business partner testified in court that Saldivar collected as much as fifty thousand dollars per month.  Kingston presented text messages to back up his testimony but was unable to say what Dermen was getting in exchange for that money he gave to Saldivar.  The jury heard opening and closing arguments and testimonies over a seven-week period before finding Dermen guilty of conspiracy to commit mail fraud, conspiracy to commit money laundering, and money laundering concealment money laundering, and expenditure money laundering.  U.S. District Judge Jill N. Parrish will set Dermen’s sentencing at a later date.  At sentencing, he faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison for conspiracy to commit mail fraud, conspiracy to commit money laundering, and concealment money laundering, and 10 years in prison for expenditure money laundering.  He also faces a period of supervised release, restitution, and monetary penalties.