Former UFC middleweight title contender Chael Sonnen
was today fined $10,000 for one count of money laundering in
relation to mortgage fraud.
Speaking with a United States District Court official, Sherdog.com
confirmed that the fighter was ordered to pay a $10,000 fine by
Judge Michael W. Mosman today at the Mark O. Hatfield United States
Courthouse in downtown Portland, Ore. According to court minutes,
Sonnen intended to pay the amount following today's 11:30 a.m.
Court minutes also explained that Sonnen's full sentence will
follow, though the docket did not specify when. ESPN.com's
Brett Okamoto later reported that the fighter was also placed
on two years of probation and had his real estate license
On Dec. 28, the United States Attorney's Office of the District of
Oregon charged Sonnen with one count of money laundering which
allegedly occurred in 2006. Sonnen plead guilty to the charge on
Jan. 3, as outlined in a press release from the United States
“Sonnen, at the time a licensed realtor in the State of Oregon,
admitted that a financial transaction he conducted was designed to
conceal or disguise the ownership and control of the proceeds of
According to the release, Sonnen, who acted as the real estate
agent for the buyers of a Portland home, allegedly worked in
conjunction with two other men to submit a mortgage loan
application to Decision One Mortage, asking the lending institution
to pay over $69,000 to a plumbing company for repairs on the home.
The release explains:
“In fact, Sonnen knew and had negotiated...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 Decision One
According to the document, $65,000 of the $69,000 was paid to the
buyers by the plumbing company under Sonnen's supervision.
Sonnen was supposed to square off with Yoshihiro
Akiyama at UFC
128 in March, but the fighter's UFC contract was effectively
frozen by the promotion due to the charge filed against him. A
Team Quest, Sonnen was last seen taking middleweight champion
Silva to the limit, dominating the Brazilian for four rounds
before succumbing to an improbable, come-from-behind triangle choke
at UFC 117 in August.
This item was updated at 9:15 p.m. ET to include information
reported by ESPN.com.
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