Sacramento, California - Atir Dadon, 34, of Sherman Oaks, pleaded guilty Friday to conspiring to launder money, U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott announced.
According to court documents, between October 2016 and November 2017, Dadon conspired to launder money with his co-defendants, Orel Gohar, 28, of San Francisco, and Bar Shani, 27, of San Francisco. Orel Gohar and co-defendant Yaniv Gohar, 35, of Berkeley, operated an illegal gambling business that placed and maintained video slot machines at businesses in Northern California, including locations in the Eastern District of California. Dadon, Shani, and Orel Gohar conspired to launder the proceeds of the illegal gambling business.
According to court documents, Dadon, Shani, and Orel Gohar agreed that Orel Gohar would give cash proceeds from the Gohars’ gambling business to Dadon and Shani, who would use the cash to pay the workers in their cosmetics business. They agreed that in exchange for the cash from Orel Gohar, Dadon and Shani would arrange for Orel to receive checks from the cosmetics business. To conceal the fact that the financial transactions involved the proceeds of illegal activity, Dadon, Shani, and Orel used code words in their conversations about the transactions, referring to the money as bottles of alcohol or other non-cash items. Dadon also put false memo lines on the checks to Orel Gohar, indicating that Gohar had providing consulting and training services, when in fact he had not done so. Between October 2016 and November 2017, Dadon laundered over $150,000 from the Gohars’ gambling business.
This case is the product of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the California Department of Justice – Bureau of Gambling Control. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Matthew M. Yelovich and Miriam R. Hinman are prosecuting the case.
Yaniv Gohar and Orel Gohar fled the United States upon their release in December 2017 and remain at large. Anyone with information about their whereabouts should call the Federal Bureau of Investigation at (916) 746-7000. Bar Shani is detained pending trial. Co-defendant Adam Atari, 35, of Sherman Oaks, charged with conspiring to launder money with Yaniv and Orel Gohar and with witness tampering, is also detained. Co-defendant Raz Razla, 48, of Sherman Oaks, charged with making false statements to the grand jury, is out of custody. Co-defendant Eran Buhbut, 33, of Oakland, charged with operating an illegal gambling business, is also out of custody. Co-defendant May Levy, 28, of Walnut Creek, charged with operating an illegal gambling business, pleaded guilty.
Dadon is scheduled to be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Garland E. Burrell Jr., on July 12, 2019. Dadon faces a statutory maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $500,000, or twice the value of the monetary instrument or funds involved, whichever is greater. The actual sentence, however, will be determined at the discretion of the court after consideration of any applicable statutory factors and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which take into account a number of variables.