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Comments on Petitioner’s Opening Supreme Court Brief in Van Buren v. United States

We have previously covered the SCOTUS’s interesting decision to grant certiorari in Van Buren v. United States – a criminal case where the petitioner has appealed his conviction under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA).

The case is potentially significant because the lower court’s interpretation of the CFAA, defended by the government on appeal, would criminalize large swaths of seemingly innocuous computer use. For example, a SCOTUS decision for the government could mean that your yearly March Madness office pool is now a criminal conspiracy.

On July 1, the petitioner submitted his opening brief which lays out his arguments … Read More »



Frequently Asked Questions about Federal Money Laundering Charges and Penalties

Money laundering charges: What is money laundering?

Although many people think of money laundering simply making convoluted financial transactions to conceal the origin of funds obtained from criminal activity, the federal criminal money laundering laws cover a far broader range of conduct involving criminally derived property.

Federal criminal money laundering offenses are codified under 18 U.S.C. § 1956 and § 1957. In this post, we’ll discuss § 1956 money laundering offenses.

1956 money laundering offenses most commonly fall into one of two kinds of money laundering:

“Promotional” money laundering – in which the alleged financial transactions involving criminally derived funds … Read More »