Phouvanh Keokaythinh, a 36 year old woman from Minneapolis has been indicted by a federal grand jury for running a drug money laundering conspiracy on behalf of a large-scale fentanyl and marijuana dealer identified as Lyndon Swarn.
According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Phouvanh Keokaythinh, made transactions using money from fentanyl and marijuana trafficking, and kept large amounts of the drug proceeds for Lyndon Swarn, who is also known as Lyndon Wiggins.
How Phouvanh Keokaythinh laundered money for fentanyl trafficker, Lyndon Swarn
According to court documents, Phouvanh Keokaythinh used cash from Swarn/Wiggins’ drug proceeds to purchase a farm property in Ironwood, Michigan.
Swarn/Wiggins and his associates used this property to illegally grow large amounts of marijuana.
Prosecutors say Keokaythinh and others laundered drug proceeds into a bank account owned by L&S Management LLC, a shell company used for the purchase, maintenance, and upkeep of the property.
Keokaythinh is also accused of directing others to maintain a credit card that was used for Swarn/Wiggins’ personal spending and other expenses related to the drug trafficking conspiracy.
Between January 2017 and March 2019, Keokaythinh and others used drug proceeds to make approximately $117,782.72 in payments on the credit card, prosecutors say.
Additionally, prosecutors say Keokaythinh intentionally made false statements on a passport application, claiming she’d lost her passport on a trip to Los Angeles when it was actually seized by law enforcement in October 2019.
Charges against Phouvanh Keokaythinh
Keokaythinh is charged with money laundering conspiracy, concealing money laundering and making false statements on a passport application. She made her first federal court appearance on Monday.
Where is Lyndon Swarn?
Wiggins is currently serving a life sentence in prison for aiding and abetting the murder of 28-year-old Monique Baugh on New Year’s Eve 2019.
He was also convicted in May 2021 of having more than 33,000 fentanyl-laced Oxycodone pills with intent to distribute.