Money laundering has a long history as being a white-collar crime connected to various types of illegal activities such as the drug or sex trade, and any activities involving cross-border smuggling. In South Florida, we have heard many stories throughout our history of illegal drug money being laundered through legitimate businesses in the area. But what exactly does it mean to launder money? And what are the implications of a crime like money laundering?
Bitcoin, a form of virtual currency, was recently placed under scrutiny in a case of money laundering in South Florida. The man being accused, was a web designer named Michell Espinoza, who had transmitted $1,500 worth of this virtual "money." Espinoza sold the coins to undercover detectives who mentioned wanting to use them to purchase stolen credit card numbers. Following these circumstances, Espinoza was then charged with illegal money laundering.