By Patrick J. Ryan
?· Discusses the legislative and legislation enforcement milestones used to wrestle geared up crime
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Ever since, organized crime figures have been faced with the problem of turning ill-gotten cash into money they can spend without risk of its source being identified. For example, using jewelry stores as fronts, criminals are able to buy gold bullion (a legitimate practice in the jewelers' trade) and, in turn, sell the gold for cash on the commodity markets. The proceeds from the gold sale are invested in legitimate business and/or commercial paper. In Australia, the Yakuza use shops that sell exotic feathers and seashells as fronts for money laundering.
News stories often report a truck hijacking in which the driver is kidnapped, driven around blindfolded for a few hours, and when released, finds the truck sans its cargo. Moving a truckload of goods that fast is a logistical headache, a job for expert criminals. The goods are taken to a waiting fence who has the capability of secreting the property for later resale. For a percentage (less than 10) of the property's retail value, the fence agrees to serve as middleman, to move the stolen property from the thief's hand to someone willing to pay a reduced price for stolen merchandise.
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