IRS investigates Portland lawyer’s links to suspected marijuana dealer

Posted March 04, 2014, at 7:37 p.m.
Last modified March 05, 2014, at 5:46 a.m.
Donald Hill, left, stands with defense attorney Gary Prolman outside the York County courthouse in Alfred on Aug. 20, 2013. Hill, former Kennebunk High School hockey coach, was acquitted of the charge of engaging a prostitute
Jennifer Feals | York County Coast Star
Donald Hill, left, stands with defense attorney Gary Prolman outside the York County courthouse in Alfred on Aug. 20, 2013. Hill, former Kennebunk High School hockey coach, was acquitted of the charge of engaging a prostitute

PORTLAND, Maine — The IRS has linked a Portland defense lawyer to a marijuana trafficking ring involving his business partner, according to a search warrant affidavit filed in U.S. District Court made public Tuesday.

The affidavit, originally approved on Nov. 18 by U.S. District Court Justice Nancy Torresen, was to search The Law Offices of Gary Prolman, at 743 Portland Road in Saco, for evidence linking the lawyer to a Scarborough man accused of smuggling hundreds of pounds of marijuana from California to Maine.

Prolman is suspected of conspiracy to money launder and structuring transactions to evade reporting requirements, according to the affidavit filed by IRS Special Agent Janet Pepin, who is part of the agency’s criminal investigations unit.

“For reasons set forth in this affidavit, probable cause exists to believe Gary Prolman and others engaged in laundering proceeds from the illegal distribution of marijuana,” Pepin states.

Prolman is linked to accused drug dealer David Jones, aka Dave Kaos, 29, of Scarborough through bank and other legal documents, according to the search warrant affidavit.

Jones was arrested Sept. 5, 2012, in Ellsworth, Kan., while allegedly overseeing the transport of 106 pounds of marijuana to Maine in a car driven by someone else, and then was arrested and charged in U.S. District Court in Maine on Oct. 4, 2013, with possession with intent to distribute 100 kilograms or more of marijuana.

Jones and the attorney “engaged in financial dealings together in which Jones paid the attorney over $100,000 in cash” in 2012, the affidavit for Jones’ arrest states. “The investigation of the financial relationship between Jones and the attorney reveal that the financial dealing between Jones and the attorney were not within the scope of an attorney-client relationship but rather that the attorney and Jones were partners in several businesses and a real estate transaction.”

Prolman also violated the law when he broke up large cash payments into smaller bank deposits, including on June 7, 2012, when he went to the bank to deposit $40,000 in cash from Jones and instead made four deposits of $9,500, the IRS affidavit states.

“When the teller proceeded to prepare a currency transaction record (CTR), Prolman ceased the transaction, stating the government does not need to know about his money,” the affidavit states. “This incident constitutes a violation of Title 31.”

Prolman represented Donald Hill, a former Kennebunk High School hockey coach acquitted last year of engaging in prostitution in the Zumba case involving prostitute Alexis Wright.

 

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