A Westfield man is being charged in connection to a money laundering scheme.
The U.S. Department of Justice accuses 58-year-old Hanibal Tayeh of laundering money in order to get bank loans and funding for overseas projects.
He's been charged with 17 counts of fraud and money laundering.
Prosecutors say that at one point Tayeh ran a lab out of Agawam.
Federal officials say Tayeh obtained an over nine-million dollar loan package and 400 thousand dollar extension of credit from a bank as part of the scheme.