Money laundering

Money laundering refers to concealing, disguising or legitimising the true origin of illegitimate money. 

Although often associated with organised crime, it’s actually committed by a wide range of people. 

Crypto-currencies and electronic financial systems make this a highly specialised and complex area of criminal law, with growing police and regulatory focus.

Some actions that may constitute money laundering include:

  • running unlawfully obtained money through a legitimate business
  • purchasing assets in the names of third parties
  • sending money to offshore accounts in tax haven locations.

Money laundering offences are usually prosecuted by the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions.

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