MANAGUA, Nicaragua – An American man convicted of money laundering in Nicaragua has argued at a hearing appealing his 22-year sentence that police and prosecutors created lies to link him to organized crime.
The lawyer for 35-year-old Jason Puracal of Tacoma, Washington, says three appellate judges are looking at evidence such as business records that show Puracal has no ties to the companies listed in the formal accusation.
The panel is expected to make a decision in five to 10 days, attorney Fabbrith Gomez told The Associated Press after Monday's hearing.
Puracal is a University of Washington graduate who served in the Peace Corps in Nicaragua in 2002. He was convicted in 2011 of laundering money through his Re/Max International real estate franchise in San Juan del Sur on Nicaragua's west coast.