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Money Laundering and Racketeering (RICO)

September 23, 2008

U.S. Court of Appeals takes Broad View in NY RICO Case, Reinstates Convictions of Two Defendants

Louis J. Eppolito and Stephen Caracappa are former New York City Police Detectives who in 2006, were both convicted on Federal Racketeering charges. The former detectives were convicted of working closely with some of New York’s organized crime families, partaking in conspiracy, kidnapping, bribery, obstruction of justice, leaking police information, and the killing or assisted killings of at least eight people. The Detective’s work with the New York Mafia took place mostly in Brooklyn, and occurred during the 1980’s and 1990’s. The duo was arrested in 2005 in Las Vegas on charges...

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September 4, 2008

Prosecutors Given New Guidelines for Investigating White Collar Crime

On the same day that the United States Court of Appeals upheld the dismissal charges against 13 former KPMG executives due to a finding that their constitutional rights had been violated, the United States Justice Department announced new guidelines for the prosecution of white collar crime. In the KPMG case, federal prosecutors would not allow KPMG to pay the legal fees of its executives. This was just one of the many tactics used in the past by federal prosecutors to compel cooperation from corporations and its individuals. The department faced criticism from corporations, attorney...

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July 8, 2008

MONEY LAUNDERING CASES NOW POSE GREATER BURDEN FOR PROSECUTION

The Supreme Court of the United States decided two cases on June 2, 2008, pertaining to charges of money laundering. In the first case, the charge of money laundering could only be applied to profits from an illegal gambling ring, and not payouts to bettors or employees. In the second case, the Court held that money laundering charges cannot be applied to a person simply hiding a large amount of cash in the trunk of a vehicle; the driver was stopped on the way to the Mexican border. According to the Associated...

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