On September 1, 2020, the sister of a U.S. Attorney’s Office (USAO) Paralegal Specialist assigned to the Western District of Texas pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit international money laundering, while an associated non-DOJ individual pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute heroin. Kimberly Loya, the sister of a USAO Paralegal Specialist, and Nathan Lopez, the associated individual, both pleaded guilty in the Western District of Texas. According to court documents, from in or about June 2018 through on or about May 7, 2020, Kimberly Loya conspired with others to transport, transmit, transfer, and attempt to transmit and transfer U.S. currency from a place within the United States to a place outside the United States, with the intent to promote the carrying on of specified unlawful activity, that is drug trafficking. Also according to the Indictment, from in or about June 2018 through on or about May 7, 2020, Nathan Lopez conspired with others to possess with intent to distribute at least 1 kilogram or more of heroin. The investigation is being conducted jointly by OIG’s Houston Area Office, the FBI, and the DEA.