Aided by new technologies, money laundering is a growing area of police and regulatory focus. It is a complex and diverse activity.
There are many ways in which the offence of money laundering may be committed. Broadly, it refers to concealing, disguising or legitimising the true origin of illegitimate money. Although often associated with organised crime, increasingly it is being committed by people at all levels. The rise of crypto-currencies and electronic financial systems means that it is a highly specialised area of criminal law.
Some actions that may constitute money laundering include running unlawfully obtained money through a legitimate business, purchasing assets in the names of third parties, and sending money to off-shore accounts in tax haven locations.
Money laundering offences are usually prosecuted by the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions.
Julia Jasper has unrivalled expertise in money laundering matters. With qualifications as both a criminal defence lawyer and a chartered accountant, Julia’s unique skill set and industry experiences means that she frequently achieves exceptional outcomes for clients that might otherwise not be possible. Part of her success stems from her previous experience investigating and prosecuting financial crimes.
Examples of our expert representation include:
- Acting on behalf of an overseas accountant charged in relation to one of Australia’s largest off-shore tax evasion and money laundering schemes;
- Acting on behalf of a property investor alleged to have dealt with the proceeds of drug crime to the value of more than one million dollars;
- Assisting clients alleged to have traded in the bitcoin crypto-currency; and
- Successfully achieving the withdrawal of money laundering charges and return of property for clients charged with trafficking in dangerous drugs.