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Money Laundering

A Guide for Criminal Investigators, Third Edition, 3rd Edition

By John Madinger

CRC Press

430 pages | 200 B/W Illus.

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Many changes have occurred in the twenty-five years that have passed since the enactment of the Money Laundering Control Act of 1986. The law has been amended, new underlying crimes have been added, and court decisions have modified its scope. The Act remains an important tool in combating criminal activity. Now in its third edition, Money Laundering: A Guide for Criminal Investigators covers the basics of finding ill-gotten gains, linking them to the criminal, and seizing them. Providing a clear understanding of money laundering practices, it explains the investigative and legislative processes that are essential in detecting and circumventing this illegal and dangerous activity.

Highlights of the Third Edition include

  • Important court decisions and changes in federal law since the Second Edition
  • New trends in crime and terrorism financing
  • The rise of money laundering in connecting with major frauds, including the Bernie Madoff case
  • Law and policy shifts related to terrorism and financing since the Obama administration
  • New methods for financial intelligence and the filing of Suspicious Activity Reports
  • How changes in technology have enabled launderers to move funds more easily and anonymously

Knowledge of the techniques used to investigate these cases and a full understanding of the laws and regulations that serve as the government’s weapons in this fight are essential for the criminal investigator. This volume arms those tasked with finding and tracing illegal proceeds with this critical knowledge, enabling them to thwart illegal profiteering by finding the paper trail.


"John Madinger, who has extensive experience as an IRS criminal investigator, has written an outstanding introduction to the complex world of money laundering. It includes interesting sections on the history of money and of money laundering along with other forms of financial crime."

Security Management June 2013

Table of Contents

Basic Concepts

The Historical Context

Federal Money Laundering Statutes


Money Laundering Forfeiture

Related Federal Statutes

International Money Laundering Control

Introduction to Financial Investigation

Introduction to Books and Records

Indirect Methods of Proving Income

Business Operations

Domestic Banking

Banking Operations

International Banking

Money Transfers

Real Property


Obtaining Financial Information

Sources of Information

Basic Money Laundering Schemes

Diabolically Clever Laundering Schemes

Fiendishly Complex Money Laundering Schemes

Fraud and Money Laundering Issues

Terrorism Financing

Financial Intelligence

Investigating Money Laundering Cases

The Case File


Appendix A: Glossary of Terms Used in Money Laundering Cases

Appendix B: Source Debriefing Guide

Appendix C: Subpoena Templates

Appendix D: Bank Secrecy Act Forms

Appendix E: Money Laundering Forfeiture Statutes

Appendix F: List of Specified Unlawful Activities (SUAs)

Appendix G: Federal Statutes Relating to Terrorist Financing

About the Author

John Madinger recently retired as a senior special agent with

the Criminal Investigation Division of the Internal Revenue

Service. In his 36-year law enforcement career, he also served

as narcotics agent, supervisor, and administrator. He holds a

bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Indiana University,

a master’s degree in history from the University of Hawaii, and

was the honor graduate in the Treasury Criminal Investigation

Training Program. He is the recipient of numerous awards

and citations from the Internal Revenue Service, the Drug

Enforcement Administration, and Organized Crime Drug

Enforcement Task Forces. Throughout his career, he had

extensive experience in money laundering, forfeiture, and

financial investigations, developed training programs in these

areas for the Treasury and Justice Departments, and developed

and presented money laundering training in the United

States, Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Caribbean.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / Criminal Law / General
LAW / Forensic Science