Former Sheriff’s Captain Convicted of Smuggling Cash to Portugal


BOSTON – A former Captain with the Bristol County Sheriff’s office was convicted Monday by a federal jury in connection with helping Carlos Raphael, also known as the “Codfather” in the fishing industry and the owner of one of the largest commercial fishing enterprises in the United States, smuggle the profits of his overfishing scheme to Portugal.

Jamie Melo, 46, of North Dartmouth, was convicted of one count of conspiracy to commit offense against the United States and one count of structuring the export of monetary instruments.

U.S. District Court Judge Denise J. Casper scheduled sentencing for October 24, 2018. Melo was acquitted of one count of bulk cash smuggling.

He faces up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

During trial the jury heard evidence that while at Logan International Airport, Melo asked his friends and travel companions to carry envelopes of cash for Raphael on a flight from Boston to the Azores.

At the time Melo was an Administrative Captain with the Bristol County Sheriff’s Office and was traveling to the Azores with Raphael for a charity event sponsored by the Sheriff’s Office.

Two days after arriving in Portugal, Raphael deposited $76,000 into his Portuguese bank account.

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