What do drug traffickers, terrorists, corrupt officials, embezzlers, con artists and members of organized crime have in common? They all need to disguise the origins of money obtained through illegal activities so it looks like it was obtained from legitimate sources. Otherwise, they can't use the money because it would connect them to the criminal activity, and law-enforcement officials would seize it. Through money laundering investigations and charges, law enforcement agents and prosecutors can attack the money generated by drug traffickers and others and use their money against them, producing separate charges, a broader range of forfeitures and harsher penalties.
In this course you will learn what money laundering is, why it's necessary, who launders money and how they do it and what steps the authorities are taking to try to prevent, deter and disrupt money-laundering operations. You will learn how to recognize money laundering, what must be proven to charge money laundering crimes and how to develop leads and evidence to secure convictions and forfeitures.
This course is designed for professional law enforcement agents and prosecutors who want to use a valuable tool to attack drug trafficking and other forms of criminal activity that generate or depend on illicitly-derived proceeds. By understanding money laundering and money laundering investigations, an agent, supervisor and prosecutor become more capable and enhance their effectiveness.