When a person is accused of a white-collar crime, they may think that the situation is not too serious. However, nothing could be further from the truth. Prosecutors in Ohio will not go easy on those they accuse of committing a white-collar crime, and will prosecute them to the full extent possible. Therefore, those accused of white-collar crimes should take all the steps necessary to defend themselves, as one Ohio man may soon need to do.
The topic of money laundering has come up often in the news lately, but what is money laundering? Many Ohio residents may not be aware that it is a crime to conceal the identity, source or the destination of money. For example, banks and various types of financial institutions are required to report financial transactions over a certain amount.
We see it in the movies all the time. Individuals obtain money illegally, often through drug transactions, then they must find a way to "clean" it so that the authorities cannot trace that money back to illegal operations. This is often done by setting up a front business that is legitimate, then falsifying records to make it appear that the illegally obtained funds were obtained through legal means. Under Ohio law, such actions are illegal. However, those who have been accused of these crimes may want to look at the actual law to obtain a better understanding of what prosecutors must show before they can obtain a conviction.
Investing other people's money is a risky job to engage in, as many Cincinnati residents might be aware of. Not only does one have to worry about getting people the return they were promised, but one also has to make those returns consistently, which is often not possible. In order to ensure that people are getting their promised returns, some investors might take some extreme steps that could end up turning into financial fraud.
If you work in the financial industry, you might become an unwitting and unwilling participant in a money-laundering scheme. Criminal organizations often turn to financial advisers to "wash" their money obtained through criminal activity. An investigation by either Ohio or federal authorities could result in your arrest, even if you did not know your clients used your expertise to launder their ill-gotten gains.