Former dealer Calmes seeks new trial in money laundering case

Publish Date: 
Jan 24, 2013

BATON ROUGE, La. – A judge has extended the time former dealer Kevin Paul Calmes will spend as a free man, moving his prison report date from Jan. 7 to Feb. 5 while the court evaluates his request for a new trial.

Calmes, 40, was convicted in August on one count of money laundering, three counts of structuring large cash transactions to avoid mandatory reports to the IRS and other federal agencies, and failing to file one such report on a cash transaction in excess of $10,000.

The former manager of the now-defunct Calmes Motorsports LLC was scheduled to report to federal prison on Jan. 7 to begin serving a 30-month federal prison sentence, according to the Advocate.

During the trial, Assistant U.S. Attorneys Rene I. Salomon and Shubhra Shivpuri told trial jurors Calmes repeatedly and illegally helped drug dealers buy motorcycles costing more than $10,000 for cash.

Jon S. McLindon, Calmes’ attorney, told jurors his client was simply explaining federal laws and IRS regulations to customers.

Calmes claims prosecutors presented testimony from a witness who told one story to the federal grand jury that indicted him and another story to the trial jury that convicted him.

Salomon has urged the judge not to vacate Calmes’ conviction and not to grant a new trial.

Posted by Holly Wagner