Criminal Justice News

Friday, May 04, 2012

Local Woman Sentenced on Charges Involving the Stolen Money from the Robbery of ATM Solutions


ST. LOUIS—Latunya Wright was sentenced to 51 months in connection with her purchase of a Hummer to drive and hide the stolen ATM Solutions money in a locker.

According to court documents, within minutes of the robbery of ATM Solutions in August of 2010, the four armed robbers drove a stolen ATM van to Wright’s residence with the stolen $6.4 million. That night, at the request of one of the robbers, Wright took a large portion of the stolen money to a storage locker in north county. Later she had associates remove most of the money from the storage locker and conceal it in another location. About a week later, Candi Goodson went to the home of Cathy Goodson with Latunya Wright in a truck containing some of that stolen money. The Goodsons assumed that it was money stolen from ATM. Cathy Goodson agreed to store the money at her house for a couple of days. A few days later they returned with James Wright and Annkesha Welch to Cathy Goodson’s house to count and repackage the money with the intent to further conceal the stolen money. Candi Goodson and Welch were promised $3,000 each for their assistance. The money was counted and placed in bundles of $20,000 in freezer bags and placed in a storage container. Wright had the money taken to Texas and buried. Wright, Welch, and Candi Goodson drove to Texas and then to Atlanta, Georgia with the stolen money, where it was hidden in a storage locker. It was later recovered by the FBI. When interviewed by the FBI, Cathy Goodson lied to them about her involvement.

LATUNYA WRIGHT, St. Louis, pled guilty April 7, 2011, and appeared today for sentencing before United States District Judge Jean C. Hamilton.

The following co-defendants previously pled and were sentenced:

Annkesha Welch, St. Louis, was sentenced April 2 to 18 months in prison on one felony count of transportation of stolen property. Candi Goodson, was sentenced April 9 to 18 months in prison on one felony count of conspiracy to transport stolen property. Cathy Goodson was sentenced April 9 to one year of probation for lying to a federal agent.

Co-defendant Yolanda Willis pled guilty last November to making false statements to the FBI about her assistance in the packaging and concealment of the money. Her sentencing is scheduled for May 23, 2012.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Tom Mehan is handling the case for the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

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