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Decatur man arrested on multiple money laundering charges in connection to local residential burglaries


BLOOMINGTON (WEEK) -- Bloomington Police have arrested a Decatur man on charges of money laundering, as well as a charge of fraudulent tax filing.

Joseph Laramee, 59, was arrested at his businesses at 415 N. Main in Decatur after an investigation by the BPD, the Illinois Department of Revenue, the Illinois Attorney's General Office and the U.S. Marshals.

According to the Bloomington Police, the charges stem from Laramee's alleged laundering of stolen proceeds from multiple residential burglaries in Bloomington, Normal, Champaign and Peoria between April 1, 2018 and December 31, 2018.

Police also say the primary suspect in the burglaries is 42-year-old Floyd Brown, of Springfield, who was previously arrested on March 7, 2019, after killing a U.S. Marshal's fugitive task force member, officer Jacob Keltner in Rockford.

In all, Laramee is facing one charge of money laundering of $100,000 to $500,000, one charge of money laundering of $10,000 to $100,000, eight counts of unlawful structuring of a currency transaction, and one count of fraudulent filing of Illinois tax return.

The Bloomington Police say the investigation is ongoing.

Drew Veskauf

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