Elizabeth, PA woman sentenced to prison for laundering the proceeds generated by her heroin-dealing paramour


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Date: October 18, 2021

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PITTSBURGH — A resident of Elizabeth, Pennsylvania, has been sentenced in federal court to 12 months and one day of incarceration on her conviction of conspiracy to commit laundering of monetary instruments, Acting United States Attorney Stephen R. Kaufman announced today.

Senior United States District Judge Donnetta W. Ambrose imposed the sentence on Holly Parrish of Elizabeth Pennsylvania.

According to information presented to the court, Parrish conspired to launder the proceeds generated by her paramour's drug trafficking organization. Specifically, the Court was informed that Darryl Arnold, Parrish's paramour, was responsible for distributing massive quantities of heroin throughout Washington County. Parrish assisted in laundering hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash proceeds from Arnold's heroin distribution and utilized the training she received as a bank employee to structure cash deposits in such a way as to evade regulatory detection. Additionally, Parrish and Arnold used the drug trafficking proceeds to live a lifestyle otherwise beyond their means, spending nearly $100,000 on shoe retailers, Gucci retailers, luxury hotels, and other items.

Prior to imposing sentence, Judge Ambrose stated that she found the nature and circumstances of the offense to be very serious.

Assistant United States Attorneys Ross Lenhardt and Doug Maloney prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.

Acting United States Attorney Kaufman commended the Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI), the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), and the Canonsburg and Monessen Police Departments for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Parrish.