New Orleans Pastor Charged with Money Laundering

Published 8:58 am Saturday, September 17, 2022

NEW ORLEANS –  U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans announced that on September 15, 2022 , DR. CHARLES J. SOUTHALL, III, age 64, was charged in a one-count bill of information with money laundering, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 1957 and 2.

According to court documents, the charge relates to the electronic transfer of approximately $100,000 from a bank account to an individual investment account in SOUTHALL’S name.  The funds were the derived from the specified unlawful activity of wire fraud.

SOUTHALL faces a maximum term of imprisonment of ten (10) years in prison, up to three years of supervised release, up to a $250,000 fine, and a $100 mandatory special assessment fee.

U. S. Attorney Evans reiterated that a bill of information is merely a charge and that the guilt of the defendant must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.

U.S. Attorney Evans praised the work of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in investigating this matter.  Assistant United States Attorneys Jordan Ginsberg, Chief of the Public Corruption Unit, Myles Ranier, and Asset Forfeiture Coordinator Alexandra Giavotella are in charge of the prosecution.