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Woman jailed in Will County on money laundering charges

Iliana Gomez, 44, Berwyn
Iliana Gomez, 44, Berwyn

A Berwyn woman was jailed in Will County for giving more than $100,000 from narcotics sales to an undercover agent with the Department of Homeland Security, according to a criminal indictment.

On April 11, Iliana Gomez, 44, of the 2100 block of Wisconsin Avenue, was booked into the Will County jail on charges of money laundering, conspiracy and endangering the life or health of a child.

Gomez was charged with transporting more than $100,000 in narcotics proceeds and concealing the source or nature of the cash. She gave the concealed cash to the Homeland Security agent between March 15 and March 29, 2016, according to the indictment. 

In March 2016, Gomez brought a minor with her when she transferred more than $100,000 to the agent as part of a money laundering scheme, according to the indictment.

Nicole Alberico, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokeswoman, said she couldn’t comment on Gomez’s arrest because it is part of an ongoing investigation.

Alberico said she didn’t know the age of the minor or if the child was related to Gomez. 

Gomez was jailed about 8:45 p.m. April 11. Her bond was set at $300,000.

Gomez’s attorney, Cosmo Tedone, filed an emergency motion to reduce her bond to $50,000. Tedone argued the bond was “oppressive.”

On Tuesday, a Will County judge reduced Gomez’s bond to $100,000. As a condition of her bond, she is to surrender her passport.

Gomez posted bond for her release that evening.

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