Criminal JusticeFederalIssuesDisbarred Dallas Lawyer Sentenced to Five Years on Federal Money Laundering Charge

An undercover federal agent gave the lawyer a black backpack with tens of thousands of dollars in cash to launder.
August 22, 2022
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A U.S. district judge sentenced a disbarred Dallas lawyer to five years in prison last week after he confessed to laundering hundreds of thousands of dollars provided to him by an undercover federal agent.

52-year-old Rahshun Jackson pleaded guilty to a charge of money laundering conspiracy in September 2021 after being arrested earlier that year, according to a news release published by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ).

The DOJ stated that an undercover agent with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) met Jackson through the leader of a “large-scale opioid distribution ring,” who “vouched” for the agent to Jackson.

Jackson offered to launder up to $500,000 monthly in exchange for a 4 percent fee and a 1 percent cash bonus up front. The agent gave him a “black backpack stuffed with $100,000 in cash” to start and then another $300,000 after that. In total, prosecutors said Jackson laundered $380,000 and kept $20,000 for himself.

The convict laundered the money through cash businesses such as coin laundries and car washes, and ultimately transferred it to the DEA agent’s bank accounts, per the DOJ.

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Eduardo Chávez, special agent in charge of the Dallas DEA office, commented that Jackson’s prison sentence “marks the end of a successful investigation” by his office.

“Criminal drug organizations need a combination of individuals who are willing to distribute drugs as well as those who hide and attempt to legitimize profits,” Chávez said. 

“Mr. Jackson agreed to launder what he believed to be drug proceeds with DEA undercover.  The sentencing of Mr. Jackson is just. With overdose deaths and poisonings reaching record highs, everyone will be held accountable for their criminal actions.”

The federal government added that the Texas Supreme Court revoked Jackson’s law license in November of last year and banned him from ever practicing law again in the Lone Star State.

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Hayden Sparks

Hayden Sparks is a senior reporter for The Texan and a lifelong resident of the Lone Star State. He has coached competitive speech and debate and has been involved in politics since a young age. One of Hayden's favorite quotes is by Sam Houston: "Texas has yet to learn submission to any oppression, come from what source it may."