Maybe business hasn’t exactly been booming in your area – or maybe you’re just desperate for a little extra money to pay an unexpected bill. Whatever the reason, you’re looking around for some ways to get a fast influx of cash.
Be careful. You could end up being recruited into a money-laundering scheme by some criminal organization.
Whether they’re dealing in prostitution, human trafficking, gun smuggling, internet fraud, drug smuggling or something else, criminals tend to make a lot of money – but they can’t spend it openly without attracting unwanted attention from the authorities.
That’s why they need to take money that was obtained through “dirty” (illegal) means and make it “clean,” or appear legitimately earned. After all, what’s the point of all those ill-gotten gains if they can’t spend them, right?
To launder their money, cartels and other criminals often recruit otherwise law-abiding citizens to do the work. Here are three major players:
Desperation can drive people to uncharacteristic acts – including money laundering. Do not think for a moment, however, that the authorities won’t come down hard on you if you’re caught. If you find yourself facing money laundering charges, it’s time to seek legal guidance.