By WAFB Staff and Cheryl Mercedes| November 29, 2012 at 3:08 PM CST - Updated June 28 at 3:47 PM
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB)
A Denham Springs businessman, Kevin Calmes, has been sentenced to 30 months in prison and a $25,000 fine. This comes more than two months after a federal jury found him guilty on five of eight counts of money laundering charges.
In August, Calmes was found guilty on three counts of structuring to evade, one count of failing to file proper paperwork with the IRS, and one count of money laundering.
Attorneys for Calmes, John Mclindon and Frank Holthaus, said they are still having a tough time accepting the jury's verdict.
"We respectfully disagree with the jury's verdict but I think Judge (Lance) Africk did a wonderful job on sentencing, was as fair as he could be. He did what he had to do," Mclindon said.
Also in August, the business, Calmes Motorsports, was found guilty of three counts of structuring to evade and one count of failure to file the proper paperwork with the IRS. Both Kevin Calmes and the business were acquitted on the conspiracy to commit money laundering charge.
"The company is no longer in business, and frankly a new business has taken over and Calmes Motorsports will have no further business and no further presence in the middle district of Louisiana," Holthaus said.
Federal agents raided Calmes Motorsports last year after a 10-year investigation into the company.
Structuring transactions in order to evade reporting requirements
The government says Calmes sold motorcycles to several drug dealers over the period of a decade and set up the cash transactions in a way that would keep the law from learning about them. The defense insists the government had no proof actual drug money was used to buy the bikes.
The company, which was formed by Kevin's parents, must pay $500,000.
"The sad part is, after 25 years of putting their heart and soul into Calmes Motorsports, Butch and Jo Lee find that it's out of business and their son's going to jail," said Frank Holthaus, Kevin Calmes' attorney.
In June, relatives not affiliated with the federal government's investigation of Calmes Motorsports took over the Florida Boulevard business under the name Outdoor Powerhouse.
The judge ordered Kevin Calmes to report to prison on January 7, 2013.
His attorneys said they plan to appeal the jury's verdict.