Money Laundering

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Money Laundering

Why would you be charged with money laundering?

You could be charged with money laundering if the government suspects and believes it can prove that the money you have is from an illegal source, or comes from an illegal operation, like drug trafficking. If you are convicted as a money launderer, you could face significant prison time, huge money fines, deportation, and have a hard time finding a job in the future.

Arizona considers you a money launderer if you have illegal money. When the money is put through otherwise legitimate bank transfers or commercial dealings to hide that it’s from illegal transactions, that triggers federal jurisdiction. Trying to “clean” the “dirty money” to make it appear legitimate is illegal.

Money laundering cases vary widely

Not all charges are for large operations. For example, the government may allege that the defendant lied about income when applying for government assistance like health care. That case may be based on only a one-time funds transfer.

However, the big cases are complex. International investigations, like those that track the flow of drug trafficking funds across the US to Mexico, involve wiretaps, search warrants, subpoenas and informants. The government uses all of those methods to draw a global picture of the money flow. In large investigative cases, months or years can pass before someone is arrested on the accusation of being a money launderer.

When we find potential issues in the government’s investigation and evidence, it lets us challenge the money laundering case. Your Ralls & Wille team will investigate your finances too, to help show that your financial transactions are legitimate.

Whether the charges brought against you are for a large or small case, you can rely on Stephen G. Ralls and Grant Wille to examine all areas of the government’s investigative process. Our counter-investigation effort goes deep to give you the best chance possible for a not-guilty verdict at trial, or the ability to negotiate a plea.