It appears the District Attorney in Carson County has devised a new strategy to prosecute money laundering cases. The 100th Judicial District Court has scheduled an initial appearance hearing for 15 newly indicted cases next week. All of the cases are for money laundering — I am defending two of the cases.
Rather than alleging that the money was connected to the illegal drug trade, the indictment in each of the two cases I am defending alleges tax evasion as the underlying criminal activity. I have always thought it was difficult for the State to successfully prosecute a money laundering case when it alleged that the money was drug related — I think it will be next to impossible for the State to be successful in prosecuting money laundering cases as tax evasion cases.
It will be interesting to see how this plays out.