Draper attorney charged with laundering money from fraud scheme

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Posted at 4:15 PM, Mar 16, 2021
and last updated 2021-03-16 18:15:02-04

SALT LAKE CITY — A Draper attorney was charged Monday in federal court with one count of conspiring to launder money obtained via wire fraud.

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The Department of Justice alleges Matthew Kober, 45, formed a sports betting software company to launder money obtained from a financial fraud scheme run by an accomplice.

The accomplice, Christopher Hales, previously pleaded guilty to operating the scheme and will be sentenced in April.

Kober is accused of opening a bank account in the name of the software company, Sindakit Software. Both Kober and Hales used the account to launder the money obtained by Hales.

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Officials say Kober accepted wire transactions from one victim totaling $405,000, and then redistributed the funds to other victims. Kober also wired $15,000 to his own law firm's bank account.

The Department of Justice is seeking a money judgment of over $259,000 from Kober, in addition to the criminal charges filed against the attorney.