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Owners of Racine restaurant accused of money laundering

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RACINE (WITI) — The owners of the Dynasty Restaurant in Racine were arrested on federal indictments of conspiracy to commit money laundering on Friday, March 1st. The accused are Abigail and Norberto Rapeta.

In 2008, a joint investigation was launched which led to a large-scale drug distribution operation involving the Jaimes family. This investigation led to the indictments of Osiel Jaimes and Gener Jaimes along with numerous other associates on Federal charges of Conspiracy to Distribute Cocaine.

Investigators believe Rapeta, the sister of Osiel and Gener Jaimes, and her husband Norberto used drug proceeds to purchase the Dynasty Restaurant as well as other properties and vehicles. The investigation also showed the restaurant was used to launder money of drug proceeds from the family’s large scale drug distribution operation.

The Dynasty Restaurant and other properties have been frozen by the federal government.

These arrests were made possible by the joint effort of the following agencies:

  • DEA – Federal Drug Enforcement Administration
  • City of Racine Police Department
  • City of Kenosha Police Department
  • Racine County Sherriff’s Department
  • Kenosha County Sherriff’s Department
  • DCI – Wisconsin Division of Criminal Investigations
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