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Two men charged in money-laundering investigation

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Toronto police have charged two men in connection with a money-laundering investigation involving $520,250 in cash.

Police say a man went to a money-transfer business in June with three duffel bags stuffed with $20, $50 and $100 bills and tried to wire the money to Los Angeles.

The business refused the transaction and gave part of the money back, but police say the rest of the money was returned after threats were made against the business owners and one of their family members.

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Ainsley Drakes, 45, of Richmond Hill, Ont., faces six charges, including document and passport forgery, possession of proceeds of crime and attempted money laundering.

Andrew Wilson, 42, is charged with conspiracy to commit an indictable offence.

Mr. Drakes is scheduled to appear in court Tuesday, while Mr. Wilson's first court date is set for next month.

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