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Ways to argue against evidence in money laundering cases

On Behalf of | May 30, 2024 | White Collar Crimes

Indiana money laundering cases often involve various types of evidence. For example, financial records are one of the most important types. These records may include large cash deposits or withdrawals. Prosecutors look for unusual patterns, such as frequent deposits just below the reporting threshold or rapid movement of funds between accounts.

Other common types of evidence include records of luxury purchases, wire transfers, international transactions, surveillance footage and communication records. Defendants may have several options for challenging the various types of evidence.

Misinterpretation of financial records

One common argument is questioning the source of financial records. Defendants may claim legitimate transactions or misinterpretation of the records. They might argue that large deposits or withdrawals were related to legal business activities or personal loans.

Legitimate income sources

Regarding documentation of assets, defendants could argue they got their assets through inheritance, gifts or successful investments. They may also present evidence of other income sources that investigators did not consider.

Valid business purposes

For wire transfers and international transactions, defendants might argue that these were for legitimate business purposes. They could provide contracts, invoices or business records to show that the transfers were part of regular business operations.

Records out of context

Defendants can dispute communication records, saying investigators took them out of context. Discussions about money could be unrelated to illegal activities and were instead about legal financial planning.

Personal bias

As for the credibility of surveillance footage or eyewitness testimonies, defendants could argue that the footage does not clearly show illegal activities or that the witnesses are unreliable or have personal biases.

Overall, prosecutors in Indiana money laundering cases rely on a variety of evidence types. However, defendants have several strategies to contest the charges against them.