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By Spodek Law Group | October 9, 2021
(Last Updated On: July 28, 2023)

Last Updated on: 28th July 2023, 07:21 pm

Why Money Laundering is a Serious Offense

Money laundering is a grave offense that can land you in jail for more than 35 years with fines of $500,000 or more. It involves concealing the source of money obtained through illegal activities such as drug crimes, white-collar crimes, terrorist activities, and organized crime. To combat these illegal activities, various federal and state laws have been enacted over the years, including the Bank Secrecy Act, Money Laundering Control Act, and Annunzio-Wylie Anti-Money Laundering Act of 1992.

Spodek Law Group and Attorney Todd Spodek are Here to Help

If you are facing money laundering charges, it is crucial to seek legal counsel as soon as possible. The Spodek Law Group, headed by attorney Todd Spodek, has the expertise and experience to handle your case. Our team of seasoned professionals knows the ins and outs of money laundering laws and effective defense strategies.

The Severity of Federal Money Laundering Conviction

Regardless of the nature of the money laundering charges, seeking legal help is the first step towards a favorable outcome. Money laundering charges are often accompanied by charges for the related illegal activities from which the money was obtained. A money laundering conviction can result in hefty fines, imprisonment for up to 35 years, and additional penalties related to other charges.

Experienced Lawyers can Help with Effective Money Laundering Defense Strategy

A federal money laundering defense lawyer can help you build an effective defense strategy. There are several strategies that defense attorneys have used in similar cases to obtain favorable outcomes. For instance, for money laundering to be considered a crime, the accused must take specific steps to conceal the money’s source rather than simply spending it. Also, money derived from illegal activities cannot be paid to others without first being concealed.

The Importance of Anti-Money Laundering Laws

The Bank Secrecy Act and other federal laws have made it mandatory for financial institutions to report large transactions to authorities. Additionally, the International Money Laundering Abatement and Anti-Terrorist Financing Act of 2001 requires financial institutions to verify the identity of individuals and entities opening new accounts. These laws have made it more challenging for individuals to launder money and have given law enforcement agencies more tools to combat these crimes.

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Have you been arrested on money laundering charges, or are you under investigation for such charges? Contact the Spodek Law Group today for a personalized consultation with our experienced criminal defense lawyers. We will fight for your rights and provide you with the best possible defense strategy. Don’t wait to seek legal counsel as early intervention is the key to a favorable outcome.

Defend Yourself Against Federal Money Laundering Charges with Spodek Law Group

Money laundering is a serious federal crime that often involves organized crime. If you have been indicted for money laundering, you are facing severe penalties including up to 20 years in a federal prison, huge fines, and seizure or forfeiture of your assets. Don’t let this happen to you. Hire Spodek Law Group, a nationwide law firm with years of experience handling federal criminal cases.

The Importance of Hiring an Experienced Federal Criminal Defense Lawyer

If you are under investigation or asked to answer questions for an illegal money laundering scheme, you will need an experienced federal criminal defense lawyer who knows the federal anti-money laundering laws and how to apply them to your case. Attorney Todd Spodek has extensive experience handling federal criminal cases and can provide you with the best possible defense.

Money laundering statutes make it a crime to transfer money that came from criminal activity into legitimate channels, in an attempt to disguise the origin of the funds. 18 U.S.C. § 1956 penalizes anyone who knows property involved in a financial transaction came from proceeds of unlawful activity or conducts a financial transaction involving money from unlawful activity. If convicted of money laundering, you may be facing fines of up to $500,000 or twice the value of the property involved in the transaction, and/or imprisonment for up to twenty years.

Description of Money Laundering

Money laundering is essentially an act of disguising the source, amount of money, or the destination of the money obtained by illegal means. This is normally accomplished by using several bank transfers or transactions with legitimate businesses. The money is often obtained through fraud, embezzlement, or drug trafficking. It’s a complex process that involves placing the money into a financial institution, layering it through complex financial transactions to conceal a paper trail, and integrating it back into society through a legal financial transaction.

The main purpose of money laundering is to make the money appear “clean” and that it was earned through legitimate sources, in order to avoid a potential criminal investigation or prosecution for the underlying crime. Additionally, money laundering is used in an effort to make it difficult for federal law enforcement agencies to discover the real source of the income.

The Consequences of Money Laundering Charges

Money laundering is a specialized area of the law, and defending clients against this type of crime means you will need a defense lawyer who has experience handling federal criminal cases. Spodek Law Group has represented defendants who have been charged with all types of money laundering schemes and other white-collar crimes in federal criminal courts throughout the United States.

It’s important to note that while money laundering can be charged by itself, it’s often closely connected to other federal crimes. It’s not uncommon for people to find themselves under a federal criminal investigation for money laundering in connection with mortgage fraud, securities fraud, credit card fraud, bank fraud, drug trafficking, cryptocurrency crimes, counterfeit goods, or other fraud crimes. This type of crime is usually a complex and time-consuming federal offense that involves taking money which was illegally obtained and making it appear that the source was legitimate.

Money Laundering Statutes and Defenses

After the passage of the Money Laundering Control Act of 1986, money laundering is a federal crime that can be punished with a substantial prison sentence. This federal statute contains 18 U.S.C. § 1956 and 18 U.S.C. § 1957 Monetary Transactions in Property Derived from Specified Unlawful Activity. Under 18 U.S.C. § 1956, any person or business executive can commit money laundering if they intentionally and knowingly promote carrying on illegal activity or avoid paying taxes or transaction reporting requirements, or they conceal the nature, ownership, location, source, or commit a variety of different acts, including conducting or attempting to conduct as a financial transaction involving money when they know it was earned from unlawful activity; Transport, transfer or transmit, (or attempts) any funds to or from foreign country; or conducts (or attempts) a financial transaction involving money represented to be proceeds of unlawful activity or property used to conduct unlawful activity. Under 18 U.S.C. § 1957, any person or business executive can commit money laundering when they knowingly engage or attempt to engage in a monetary transaction in criminally derived property of a value greater than $10,000.

In order to beat a money laundering case, our federal defense lawyers at Spodek Law Group will challenge the federal prosecutor’s evidence and provide a different story to create reasonable doubt. Money laundering is a “specific intent” crime, meaning you had to have had a desire to commit the act with intent to achieve a specific result to be found guilty. Our team has several potential defense strategies we could use to secure an acquittal at trial or that could result in lesser criminal charges:

  • You didn’t know the money was obtained from unlawful activity, known as a “lack of intent” defense
  • The money wasn’t obtained from unlawful activity
  • You didn’t engage in any unlawful conduct
  • You were coerced or under duress to participate in a money laundering scheme
  • The federal prosecutor has insufficient evidence to prove the case beyond reasonable doubt

It’s important to note that every federal money laundering case is unique and will require a thorough review of all the details in order to develop a strategy best suited for your case. Forfeitures and seizures of money and property are typically directly connected to federal criminal investigations into organized crime, such as money laundering and the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO).

Hire Spodek Law Group for Your Money Laundering Defense

Don’t take any chances with your freedom and future. If you’re facing federal money laundering charges, contact Spodek Law Group today. Our experienced federal criminal defense lawyers will fight tirelessly to protect your rights and secure the best possible outcome for your case. We have a deep understanding of the law and can provide you with the professional and compassionate legal representation you deserve. Contact us now to schedule your consultation.

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