Mexican Mafia attorney sentenced to prison for Money Laundering

Streetgangs.com Staff Writer
January 13, 2013 | 1:15 p.m. PST

Francisco Puppet Martinez

Francisco Puppet Martinez

LOS ANGELES – A federal criminal defense attorney was sentenced last Thursday to seven years in federal prison for his conviction on racketeering and money laundering offenses committed on behalf of 18th Street gang members from Los Angeles which included Mexican Mafia members.
Isaac Guillen, 52, received the 84-month sentence from United States District Judge Dean D. Pregerson.
Guillen was a member of a street gang during his late teens but he left that life behind to attend college and UCLA School of Law becoming a successful criminal defense attorney. While doing legal work for a member of the Columbia Lil’ Cycos (CLCS) clique of the 18th Street the federal government states that he became an associate of the gang.
Guillen admitted that he used the shield of the attorney-client privilege to relay CLCS communications to and from convicted Mexican Mafia member Francisco “Puppet” Martinez, who was serving multiple life sentences at the federal “supermax” prison in Florence, Colorado. With Guillen’s help, Martinez was able to continue to run the CLCS click from behind the walls of the United States Penitentiary, Administrative Maximum Facility, which is regarded as the nation’s most secure prison.
In addition to facilitating communications between Martinez and the CLCS leadership, Guillen laundered more than $1.3 million dollars in drug and extortion proceeds. He also facilitated the creation of three businesses and provided funds for the establishment of a methamphetamine laboratory.
Forty-three members and associates of the CLCS were charged in a 2009 federal racketeering indictment that alleged acts of violence, narcotics distribution, money laundering and various violent crimes in aid of racketeering (VICAR). Thirty-seven of the defendants named in the indictment have been convicted in either federal or state court. The remaining six defendants are fugitives.
The CLCS racketeering case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Los Angeles Police Department. The State Bar of California disbarred Guillen in 2010.

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2 Comments for “Mexican Mafia attorney sentenced to prison for Money Laundering”

  1. Lil bkash from Rancho parque18

    He a snitch to..

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