Maine lawyer gets two years for laundering drug money


PORTLAND (AP) — A former criminal defense attorney and sports agent from Maine has been sentenced to two years in prison for laundering nearly $200,000 of a business partner’s illicit drug profits.

Gary Prolman of Saco broke down in tears as he apologized at his sentencing hearing Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Portland.

Prolman was charged with laundering $177,500. In 2012, he entered into a business arrangement with another man to launch a music and clothing line, but the other man was involved in a marijuana smuggling operation.

Prolman laundered the drug proceeds by taking cash from the other man for an interest in Prolman’s business representing up-and-coming hockey stars.

The 52-year-old Prolman practiced law in the Portland area for more than two decades, but was suspended from practicing law in June.