Paul D. Cramm

Money Laundering

In layman’s terms, money laundering is a process by which an individual or group tries to disguise the origin of “dirty money” — such as the proceeds of fraud or a serious crime like drug trafficking — so that it appears to come from a legitimate source.

In order to prove money laundering, the state must show that the accused person expected to receive the money back. Simply receiving the proceeds of illegal activity may not actually constitute money laundering. Intent is very important. In other words, spending money is not laundering money. But Investing proceeds of criminal enterprise in a ‘legitimate’ business such that the business thrives without having any legitimate capital IS money laundering. In addition, money laundering is often used by the federal government as an ancillary charge in illegal narcotics charges. For people accused in narcotics cases, federal money laundering charges are often used as a bargaining chip in plea agreements

Strong Defense against Money Laundering Charges

Money laundering, extortion and many other white collar crimes may be charged at the state level, but are often prosecuted in federal court. In Kansas City, Money Laundering charges frequently arise in the federal Courts of the District of Kansas and the Western District of Missouri. These are document intensive cases that may require exhaustive and time consuming review of voluminous evidence in order to build an effective defense.

I go to great lengths to confirm whether or not the prosecution can prove that what occurred was actual money laundering. The prosecution must prove that my client had both the intent and a genuine expectation of getting the money back or ‘cleaning’ the money to look as though it was from a legitimate source.

I am a criminal defense lawyer with a proven track record of getting excellent results in complex criminal cases. I will leave no stone unturned in seeing that your rights are protected. My law firm is based in Overland Park, Kansas. I serve the citizens of Kansas City, Lenexa, Shawnee, Olathe, Mission Hills, Merriam and the surrounding communities of Johnson County and Wyandotte County, as well as Jackson County, Missouri.

“The Importance of Aggressive Federal Criminal Defense”.


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