May 26, 2022

The Chinese national pled guilty to conspiracy to commit money laundering.

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. — A purchase of a suspicious number of gift cards at a Duluth Walmart bled into an international investigation of a money laundering crime spree, according to authorities. Nearly three years later, the woman at the center of it all has claimed responsibility, prosecutors said.

A woman has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit money laundering after first being arrested in Duluth. According to the Department of Justice, before being arrested again on the Texas border, the Chinese national was on the run for approximately seven months after fleeing the country.

Jianjie Liu faced 11 counts of money laundering conspiracy, nine counts of money laundering and access device fraud before pleading guilty. 

“Liu laundered hundreds of thousands of dollars from schemes that bilked elderly victims,” U.S. Attorney Kurt R. Erskine said in a press release. “Telephone scams regularly victimize the elderly and Liu played a pivotal role, receiving money directly from the victims.”

In October 2019, Liu was arrested at a Walmart in Duluth after she tried to purchase a suspicious number of gift cards, according to Erskine. Authorities found more than 700 blank gift cards in her…

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