Alleged drug dealer accused of using drug money to get out of jail
URBANA — A suburban Chicago man accused of using drug money to post bond to get out of jail on drug charges last month is back in jail.
Marshall F. Giorango, 19, of Orland Park, was arrested Tuesday at the Champaign County courthouse on a warrant charging him with money laundering.
The arrest on the new charge was made when Giorango showed up for a pretrial court hearing on charges of possession with intent to deliver cocaine and Ecstasy that stemmed from his arrest Feb. 3 in the parking deck of the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts in Urbana by University of Illinois police.
Assistant State's Attorney Dan Clifton said after Giorango's arrest last month, he allegedly made phone calls from the county jail on a jail phone line to a woman in Orland Park, which were recorded. The calls took place between Feb. 3 and 6. Clifton said.
"On the calls you can hear him telling her to acquire different drugs from different places and sell them and collect drug debts from people, all for the purpose of raising money to bond him out," said Clifton.
Giorango posted the $10,000 to be released from jail on Feb. 6, two days after he was arraigned on the charges.
Assistant State's Attorney Lindsey Clark, who is prosecuting Giorango on the original case, said the woman with whom Giorango had been talking came to the jail with $10,000 in cash.
The officer who took the cash noticed that it smelled like cannabis, Clark said.
The original drug charges against Giorango are Class X felonies carrying a mandatory prison term of between six and 30 years in prison. If convicted of the money laundering charge, any sentence for that — a maximum of five years in prison — would have to be served after any sentence on the drug charges.
At Clark’s request, Judge Tom Difanis set a hearing in the money laundering case that would force Giorango, before he can be released from jail on the new charge, to prove that the bond money came from a legitimate source.
Difanis said he would hold that hearing April 16. Giorango continues to be held on $100,000 bond, meaning he’ll have to come up with $10,000 cash to be released.