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August 26, 2010 | By Ken Ellingwood, Los Angeles Times
As part of his administration's fight against organized crime, Mexican President Felipe Calderon proposed new steps Thursday to curb money laundering. Calderon said he will give Congress a package of legislation that would limit big-ticket cash purchases through which drug traffickers launder billions of dollars smuggled south across the U.S.- Mexico border. It would also stiffen reporting requirements for businesses and strengthen the government's hand in detecting transactions aimed at helping drug lords launder proceeds.
July 13, 1991
Somebody tell those people lugging those suitcases full of cash to God-knows-where there's a company in San Diego with patents on the wall and more pending on some terrific products and we can put all that burdensome cash to really good use. TOD McMULLEN San Diego
June 29, 1990 | S.J. DIAMOND
If ordinary consumers think about money laundering at all, it may be with some wistfulness that they have neither way nor wherewithal to do it. At the same time, they do understand that all that cash counted up in back rooms and somehow turned into cashier's checks, real estate and offshore bank accounts is truly dirty, the ill-gotten gains from drug sales, tax evasion or savings and loan fraud.
April 14, 1989
A businessman has been convicted in federal court in Los Angeles of laundering $24 million through Santa Barbara-area banks for an organization prosecutors contended was run by a reputed Orange County drug kingpin. U.S. District Judge A. Andrew Hauk said he found Stefan von Metzger's explanation for the source of the money "poppycock" after the 65-year-old Santa Barbara businessman was found guilty on 36 counts. The defense had contended the money in question came from a plastics-manufacturing business owned by von Metzger's brother-in-law in Venezuela and brought into the United States legally to purchase supplies.
September 19, 2013 | By Michael Muskal and Molly Hennessy-Fiske
HOUSTON -- Tom DeLay, who was forced out as Republican House majority leader in 2005 because of felony money laundering charges, was exonerated Thursday by a Texas appeals court. The Texas 3rd Court of Appeals said the evidence in the case was “legally insufficient,” and in a sharp 2-1 ruling, with two Republican judges ruling against a dissenting Democrat, the court cleared DeLay, a fierce GOP conservative. DeLay had represented a Houston district, and as House leader earned the nickname “The Hammer” for his iron-fisted control of his colleagues.
September 15, 2009 | Ben Fritz
Hollywood may be in for tighter government scrutiny of its overseas operations. Producers Gerald and Patricia Green were found guilty late Friday on charges of bribery and money laundering related to their running of a local film festival in Thailand, a decision that experts say could lead to further investigation into the huge amounts of business film studios do overseas. The two were convicted of conspiracy to violate the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, eight counts of violating the act and seven counts of money laundering.
October 7, 2001 | From Times Wire Services
Norwegian police said they had arrested seven people suspected of money laundering and possibly linked to Sept. 11 attacks in the United States. Police seized mobile telephones, computers and documents after raiding several homes and businesses in Oslo, said Siw Ellen Omland, a spokeswoman for Norway's economic crime unit. Omland said most of the people arrested were Norwegian citizens of Somali background.
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