John Daly's wife pleads guilty to money laundering
by Associated Press
OXFORD, Miss. (AP) - Sherrie Miller Daly, wife of professional golfer John Daly, pleaded guilty Friday to a federal money laundering charge.
Sherrie Daly, who married the two-time golf champion in 2001, and her parents, Alvis and Billie Miller, were indicted on charges stemming from what authorities said was a drug ring and an illegal gambling operation. No sentencing date has been set.
The three listed the same home address in Collierville, Tenn., in court papers.
Prosecutors said earlier that the golfer didn't know about his wife's alleged activities, which took place between 1996 and 2002. Daly met his fourth wife at the FedEx St. Jude Classic in Memphis in 2001 and married her seven weeks later in Las Vegas. Daly is from Dardanelle, Ark., and played for the University of Arkansas.
Sherrie Daly's plea was the second she had entered to the charge.
In April, she and her mother agreed to a plea deal on lesser charges that would have placed them on five years probation with six months of home detention. U.S. District Judge Neal Biggers Jr. rejected the plea agreement, and Sherrie Daly withdrew her guilty plea and sought a jury trial.
Prosecutors said this week that Sherrie Daly decided to re-enter a guilty plea and accept a sentence Biggers said Friday that he will impose after consulting with the woman's probation officer.
Alvis Miller was sentenced to serve 30 months in prison, while Billie Miller received five months to serve and five months of home supervision.
According to court documents, Alvis Miller conspired to conduct financial transactions through the acquisition and distribution of crystal methamphetamine, cocaine and marijuana; illegal gambling operations; and the concealment and disguising of the source of ownership of proceeds in excess of $1.2 million.
Sherrie Daly and Billie Miller faced lesser charges of conspiring to avoid financial reporting through deposits at Bank of Tennessee and Trustmark Bank in Collierville, Tenn., totaling over $400,000.
The indictment alleged the three were part of a larger conspiracy with unnamed others to buy and sell cocaine, methamphetamine and marijuana in north Mississippi and elsewhere. The indictment alleges the three got the drugs from Texas, Arizona, California and Mexico and paid for them with cash from previous drug sales.
Federal prosecutors said the conspirators bundled the cash for deposits in amounts just below the $10,000 federal cash transaction-reporting requirement.
The indictment lists 47 bank deposits of this kind between 1998 and 2001 made to accounts at the Bank of Tennessee and Trustmark Bank. All but seven of the deposits were for $9,500.
In addition, the indictment says Alvis Miller purchased a car; land in Benton County in Mississippi; land in an unspecified location; and another vehicle using money paid to him by conspirators, then paid the conspirators back, sometimes by check.