UFC Fallout: Chael Sonnen Pleads Guilty to Federal Money Laundering Charge

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Updated: January 4, 2011

Did I do that! Chael Sonnen has pleaded guilty to one count of federal money laundering for his part in a shady real estate deal in 2006, according to a press release by U.S. Attorney’s Office in Oregon. Sonnen struck a plea deal that would likely keep him out of prison.

Sonnen is expected to receive two years of probation when he is sentenced on March 28, just a little less then a month after he comes off his fighting suspension by the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) for unauthorized uses of testosterone therapy which expires on March 2nd.

As part of his plea deal, Sonnen agreed to give up his Realtor’s license and pay a $10,000 fine [OrgeonLive]

“Sonnen submitted a false letter and Sales Agreement Addendum instructing the title company to pay loan proceeds to a plumbing company for repairs to the home. In fact, Sonnen knew and had negotiated with Rosabal that no repairs would be performed on the home and the funds designated to the plumbing company would instead be paid to the buyer as a cash incentive to purchase the home. This agreement was not disclosed to (the mortgage company). Once the loan was funded, the title company paid over $69,000 to the plumbing company [Crown Plumbing, a company owned by Sonnen's mother] and the plumbing company, in turn and at Sonnen’s direction, paid $65,000 to the buyer of the home.”

13 Comments

  1. DanP

    January 4, 2011 at 12:24 am

    What the Fuck!????

  2. ironcjb82

    January 4, 2011 at 12:49 am

    this isnt that uncommon in the real estate field. well i guess it's not for criminals. Geez two years probation, big deal. I don't like Sonnen as a person, could not care less he used steroids. That's actually fine with me, it is his attitude and cockiness I don't like. But let's face it, the 185 division needs him. He' is the only one who competed with Silva, and shit, dominated most of the fight.

  3. CobraClutch

    January 4, 2011 at 12:53 am

    Ironcjb82 he used steriods it doesn't count plus he losed lol

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  4. ironcjb82

    January 4, 2011 at 12:56 am

    so, he dominated him for 23 minutes..and you think he is the only one using PE's ?? don't be so ignorant

    "plus he losed " ? whats it to losed ?? Lol it's lost bud, not losed

  5. Businessman

    January 4, 2011 at 2:14 am

    I am sure that there are others using. Some will get away with it but if you get caught, then the 23 minutes in his fight with AS mean nothing. I really think that Sonnen really benefited from the PEDs because he was an average fighter all of his career and then all of sudden he goes on this streak where he wins almost every fight?

  6. ironcjb82

    January 4, 2011 at 2:23 am

    well i understand what your saying but he only failed one test. marquardt and okami he dominated with his wrestling. Well and silva too. The fights he does lose are usually by a submission.

  7. Businessman

    January 4, 2011 at 3:36 am

    I am sure that the PEDs supplemented his wrestling skilss. You are right-he dominated Okami and totally destroyed and frustrated Nate…I would have to think that he PEDs had something to do with that. I would bet that after his loss to Maia, he started taking them because after that, he was a monster.

  8. ironcjb82

    January 4, 2011 at 3:47 am

    after that he was a monster but he didnt fight anyone with JJ. He fought Okami a wreslter, less of a wrestler than Sonnen and marquardt who is very over rated with bad wrestling. Sonnens' wrestling credentials before mma are some of the best. IMO if he fights anyone with only decent wrestling he can take them down at will and control them. The guy needs to work on his JJ defense, he has even admitted he doesnt even work at it. If he really was only taking hrt (hormone replacement therapy) is not going to give him some incredible edge.

  9. Ryan S

    January 4, 2011 at 8:12 am

    Well, he is a republican LOL

  10. hosan

    January 4, 2011 at 2:20 pm

    anyone who thinks sonnen is an amazing wrestler w/o the peds needs to watch the maia sonnen fight. He got out-WRESTLED by maia. Maia fuckin suplexed him.

  11. ironcjb82

    January 4, 2011 at 11:36 pm

    sonnen was a div. 1 all american wresler, in 2001 he was a silver medalist @ the world championships and a two time national champion…but maia did suplex him, so he sucks at wresling :)

  12. hosan

    January 5, 2011 at 6:17 pm

    I retract my previous statement. What i meant to say was I f you think he is as good of a wrestler w/o the peds as he is with them, than watch the maia fight.

    All better http://cagetoday.com/wp-includes/images/smili

  13. hosan

    January 5, 2011 at 6:17 pm

    hah fail

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