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Man gets 1 year for smuggling $520,000

A Canadian man arrested who tried to smuggle $520,000 into the United States will spend a year in federal prison.

Richard Paul Neumeyer, 66, of Kelowna, B.C., was sentenced last week to 12 months in prison and three years probation. He also forfeited the cash seized in May at the border crossing in Laurier, Ferry County.

Federal agents found the cash - $509,980 in U.S. currency and $10,000 Canadian - in two hidden compartments in the floor of his 2006 Volvo after Neumeyer said he had only $1,600 in cash when he arrived at the crossing.

He confessed to transporting the cash - for a 2 percent cut - to Wickenburg, Ariz., about 60 miles northwest of Phoenix.

Border records show Neumeyer crossed through Laurier on Jan. 7, Feb. 8, March 6, and April 21, according to court documents. He told federal agents he made $9,000 his first trip and $10,000 his second trip.

He pleaded guilty in September to a charge of bulk cash smuggling.

U.S. District Judge William Fremming Nielsen recommended Neumeyer serve his sentence at the Sea-Tac federal prison in Western Washington.

Cash smuggling suspect held without bail

A Canadian man arrested at the U.S. border with $520,000 in unreported cash will remain in federal custody without bail.

Richard Paul Neumeyer, 66, of Kelowna, B.C., pleaded not guilty Wednesday to a grand jury indictment charging him with bulk cash smuggling - a felony that carries a maximum five years in prison but isn’t an extraditable offense in Canada.

That, coupled with Neumeyer’s admitted marijuana use and lack of ties to the area, led Magistrate Cynthia Imbrogno late Wednesday to order him held at the Spokane County Jail pending trial. Neumeyer was arrested May 21 at the border crossing in Laurier, Ferry County.

“This is a case of overwhelming guilt,”  Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephanie Lister said in court Wednesday. “He was caught red-handed with half a million dollars.”

Federal agents say they found the cash - $510,000 in U.S. currency and $10,000 Canadian - in two hidden compartments in the floor of his 2006 Volvo after Neumeyer said he had only $1,600 in cash. Documents say he confessed to transporting cash - for a 2 percent cut - to Wickenburg, Ariz., about 60 miles northwest of Phoenix. Records show it was his fifth visit to the United States this year.

Neumeyer, whose criminal history includes a conviction for theft in 1961, is retired, and his only income source an $800 monthly pension. But he’s living in a $1,200 a month apartment, Lister said.

“This defendant is clearly living beyond his means,” she said.

Neumeyer’s lawyer, Frank Cikutovich, said Neumeyer’s brothers were willing to put up their homes in exchange for his release.

Past coverage:

May 24: Man arrested at U.S border w. $520,000

Man arrested at U.S. border with $520,000

A Canadian man arrested while crossing the border with $520,000 in cash remains in Spokane County Jail after appearing in U.S. District Court today.

Richard Paul Neumeyer, 66, of Kelowna, B.C., told federal agents he’d been transporting cash into the United States for a fee after he was arrested Friday at the border crossing in Laurier, Ferry County, according to court documents.

Federal agents say they found the cash - $510,000 in U.S. currency and $10,000 Canadian - in two hidden compartments in the floor of his 2006 Volvo about 11 a.m. Neumeyer said he had only $1,600 in cash when he arrived at the crossing, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection said.

When first interviewed by law enforcement about 7:25 p.m. Friday, Neumeyer said he was driving to Las Vegas for a three or four-day vacation but he had no plans once there and hadn’t secured a hotel room, according to court documents filed today. He reportedly confessed to transporting cash - for a 2 percent cut - to Wickenburg, Ariz., about 60 miles northwest of Phoenix, 45 minutes into the interview.

Border records show Neumeyer crossed through Laurier on Jan. 7, Feb. 8, March 6, and April 21, according to court documents. He told federal agents he made $9,000 his first trip and $10,000 his second trip.

Neumeyer is to return to court on Thursday for a bail hearing on one count of failing to report currency under the Currency and Foreign Transaction Reporting Act.

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