|Congress made money laundering a federal offense in October 1986 in an
effort to prosecute criminal organizations who funnel illegal proceeds.
This paper analyzes the cases that have been prosecuted by the federal
courts across the United States. Characteristics of the offenses, offenders
and types and lengths of sentences were examined for trends and
commonalities. This presentation will summarize the major findings from
this data collection effort which mirrors that of the U.S. Sentencing
Commission's efforts. Discussion will also include policy recommendations
given the findings.
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