Government Must Prove That Crime Pays

Two U.S. Supreme Court rulings this month on the application and definition of federal money laundering statutes are problematic for federal investigators and prosecutors. The Cuellar v. United States case, a 9-0 decision, was a “no brainer” and addressed the act of concealment to avoid detection. The second case, Santos v. United States, a 5-4 decision, is more complicated and will prove to be even more frustrating in government efforts to crack down on criminal activity.