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Algonquin man accused of laundering money from marijuana sales

Christopher J. Galie, 35, of the 1400 block of North Harrison Street, Algonquin.
Christopher J. Galie, 35, of the 1400 block of North Harrison Street, Algonquin.

An Algonquin man facing felony money laundering charges is accused of using proceeds from marijuana sales to buy real estate, gold, silver, and Bitcoin over a span of five years.

Christopher J. Galie, 35, is accused of concealing more than $500,000 of drug proceeds by making large purchases and depositing money in multiple bank accounts, according to a 13-count criminal complaint. McHenry County sheriff's officers arrested Galie Tuesday on multiple counts of money laundering and violating bond.

Reached by phone Thursday, Galie's criminal attorney Robert Deters declined to comment on the charges.

Galie, of the 1400 block of Harrison Street, remained at the McHenry County Jail Thursday evening. He would need to post $40,000 bail to be released.

The investigation began in July 2019, when McHenry County sheriff's officers arrested Galie and his wife, 34-year-old Kerriann Galie, on Class X marijuana delivery charges.

During a bond hearing at the time, Christopher Galie testified that he owned a construction business and didn’t have enough money to post bail. A woman who identified herself as the daughter of Christopher Galie’s employer ultimately posted his bail on July 15, securing his release.

Christopher Galie is accused of laundering more than $100,000 while he was free on bond. A search warrant executed at the time of his arrest yielded $470,295 worth of marijuana, 1 1/2 pounds of psilocybin mushrooms, and ledgers indicating the sale of more than $600,000 of marijuana, according a motion prosecutors filed Wednesday.

Police additionally found $21,685 in cash, gold and silver bars worth about $100,347 and multiple firearms. Investigators also believe Christopher Galie oversees multiple bank accounts containing $109,823 and purchased more than $50,000 worth of stock in February 2019, according to prosecutors' motion.

On July 16, 2019, officers executed a search warrant on a storage unit rented to Christopher Galie. Inside, police found several garbage bags with trace amounts of marijuana and multiple pieces of artwork worth more than $30,000. McHenry County Assistant State's Attorney Brian Miller also alleged, in his motion Wednesday, that Christopher Galie or his company own 11 houses – none of which have been sold.

"This is notable because throughout the defendant’ts hearing, and that of his wife, Kerriann Galie, witnesses repeatedly stated that the defendant’s business is flipping homes for profit," Miller wrote.

The McHenry County State's Attorney's Office has filed several asset forfeiture cases seeking control over real estate and other property they believe Christopher Galie purchased with drug money.

Christopher Galie is due back in court Monday, when prosecutors will ask to increase his bond to $500,000. Since prosecutors believe Galie's mother was aware of the alleged laundering, they have asked that she not be allowed to post bail on her son's behalf.

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