Category Archives: Money Laundering Charges

The John Wiley Price Case: a Dallas Criminal Defense Lawyer’s Predictions

First things first, the recent arrest of Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price is a big deal here in Dallas.   News of the FBI arresting Mr. Price on corruption charges came as a huge shock to many people in our neck of the woods. Some folk are still reeling from the news.   Why?…


Money Laundering Arrests Very Common – Sometimes in Surprising Situations

Watch any of the popular crime shows and you’ll think that money laundering involves huge amounts of cash, usually stacks of dollar bills bound together in plastic – with the good guys finding the stash in the back of the bad guys’ van, or condo, or plane. There’s probably some shoot out, maybe an explosion…


Marijuana Laws In Texas Today — A Criminal Defense Lawyer’s Perspective on the Eve of the 2014 DFW Marijuana March

Marijuana laws here in Texas are tough. Over the years I’ve seen many clients come through our doors who haven’t been that mixed up with marijuana or grass or pot or weed but they’ve still faced some pretty stiff sentences under either Texas statutes or federal law. Marijuana cases can mean a real defense fight…


STRUCTURED CASH DEPOSITS: WHAT DO I DO WHEN THE IRS CID AGENT COMES?

Avoiding Federal Fingerpointing of the Finances of Cash Heavy Businesses in the Money-Laundering and Terrorism Era of Law Enforcement – When Professionals and Small Businesses Get Charged for Violating Federal Money Laundering Laws What is the responsibility of an American business owner in making deposits in the company bank accounts to keep them from being…


Marijuana Grow Defendant Receives Up to approximate 75% Reduction Federal Sentencing Guideline Range

Approximately three years ago, Mr. Lowe was hired to represent a local businessman that graduated from SMU with a degree in Economics.  At that time, Mr. Lowe’s client was the target of a Federal IRS/HIDTA (High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas) investigation in an eventual six defendant Conspiracy to Distribute Marijuana in the Dallas area.  Mr….


Bank Executives Alert: Feds Focusing Upon Bankers in Money Laundering and Tax Fraud Investigations Involving Overseas Bank Accounts – and U.S. Bankers May Be Facing Federal Indictments

This week, two New York federal district judges signed federal court orders that allow the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to serve “John Doe summonses” on several different American banks. These are big banks, like the Bank of New York Mellon (Mellon); Citibank NA (Citibank); JPMorgan Chase Bank NA (JPMorgan); HSBC Bank USA NA (HSBC); and…


Money Laundering Using Online Gaming: New Report on Popular Use of Web Games Like World of Warcraft and Second Life to Launder Money

A French researcher named Jean-Loup Richet has published a report for the United Nations’ Office on Drugs and Crime that is available for free online (here).  It’s a great source of information on how money is being laundered by drug cartels and other criminals around the world right now. One reason many might view Richet’s…


Structuring Arrest in Dallas Results in Plea Deal: What is Structuring and Why is 10,000 The Magic Number?

Many people in today’s economy don’t need to worry about whether or not their bank deposit is $10,000 or more because they’re never depositing that much cash into their bank account at any one time.  On the other hand, many Texas businesses routinely have these big five-digit deposits, and they have bookkeepers or accountants that…


Attorney General for Northern District of Texas Prosecutes Lots of Federal Money Crimes: Fraud, Tax Evasion, Money Laundering, and More

The Office of the United States Attorney for the Northern District of Texas has four branch offices in Dallas, Fort Worth, Lubbock, and Amarillo.  Since September 2011, U.S. Attorney Sandra Saldana has held the job of top federal prosecutor for this region and she is one of 93 U.S. Attorneys appointed by the President to…


Money Laundering and the Black Market Peso Exchange: Big Target for Federal Agency Investigations

For many profit-making enterprises that operate outside the law, business revenues and profits mean lots of cash that needs to be moved from stacks on a table or in a safe (or set of safes) into places where it can be used to buy things without raising eyebrows or the suspicions of law enforcement.  This…