The United States Attorney’s Office in Albuquerque, New Mexico prosecuted one of the largest marijuana smugglers in the United States, but was unsure what he had done with his proceeds. Steven Martin reviewed the smuggler’s books from the smuggler’s bar and discovered that large amounts of proceeds had been laundered through it. For this and support of other money laundering and asset forfeiture cases, Martin received five letters of commendation from three U.S. Attorneys, a New Mexico District Attorney, and a DOJ official. Martin was also invited to teach financial investigations to attorneys at the Albuquerque USAO.
While assigned to the DEA office in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Martin testified as an expert witness that a pharmacist lived beyond his means. The defense attorney did not cross examine Martin due to Martin’s convincing testimony.
After another trial involving a defendant who had been found guilty of smuggling five kilograms of cocaine on an airplane, the defense attorney told Martin that he, Martin, on the witness stand was very convincing to the jury.
Steven Martin is Certified in Financial Forensics by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.