Bucks judge, Lower Southampton safety director and constable charged in money laundering scheme

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Times file photo / Lower Southampton Public Safety Director Robert Hoopes after his hiring in February 2016. On Friday he was charged in a money laundering scheme. 

Three Bucks County public officials were indicted on charges related to money laundering on Friday, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

Those charged were Magisterial District Judge John Waltman, 59, of Trevose; Lower Southampton Public Safety Director Robert Hoopes, 69, of Doylestown; and Pennsylvania Deputy Constable Bernard Rafferty, 62, of Langhorne.

According to U.S. Attorney Zane David Memeger, the charges were one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering and three counts of money laundering.

According to the indictment, from June 2015 to November 2016, Waltman, Hoopes and Rafferty conspired to launder funds represented to be proceeds from health care fraud, illegal drug trafficking and bank fraud.

In addition, from June 2016 to August 2016, the officials are accused of laundering $400,000 in cash, represented as proceeds from health care fraud and illegal drug trafficking, and took money laundering fees totaling $80,000 in cash.

Waltman has been a magisterial district judge in Bucks County since 2011. Rafferty has been a deputy constable in Bucks County since 1998. Rafferty controls Raff’s Consulting LLC, a corporation registered with the Pennsylvania Department of State in 2011.

Hoopes has been the public safety director in Lower Southampton since February 2016, where he had authority over all police, fire and emergency operations in the township.

Previously, Hoopes operated a legal practice in Doylestown.

“I do know police work because I did it for 20 years,” Hoopes said at the time of his hiring in Lower Southampton.

“Couple that with the fact that I’m a lawyer, my education and experience will be a great benefit for the residents of Lower Southampton to make it a safer, nicer place to live.”

If convicted, the defendants each face a maximum possible sentence of 80 years in prison, three years of supervised release, a $1 million fine, and a $400 special assessment.

2 thoughts on “Bucks judge, Lower Southampton safety director and constable charged in money laundering scheme

  1. That Joker Judge Waltman put me in jail because I was from NJ and he did not like The Ewing Twp. Police. Too bad for me I live in Ewing, at least The Ewing Twp Police are not crooks. Without a doubt Waltman will be sleeping with Bubba in the BigHouse.

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