Money Laundering Cases in Federal Court 1990--2002

Debra Ross, Buffalo State College

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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