Investigating Money Laundering (Online Self-Study)

CPE Credit: 4 
Course Level: Intermediate
Prerequisite: Understanding of money laundering and basic fraud examination techniques


Money-laundering operations are designed to take the proceeds of illegal activity, such as profits from fraud, and disguise the existence, source or application of those funds so the proceeds appear to come from a legitimate source. In short, “dirty money” is made to appear clean. Once illegal money has been laundered, the perpetrator is able to spend or invest the illicit income in legitimate assets. 


In this course, you will learn about the money-laundering process, the methods used to launder funds, the laws and regulations used to combat money laundering and the techniques used to investigate it. 


Key Takeaways:  

  • Elements of the money-laundering process 
  • Rules and regulations used to fight money laundering 
  • Discerning which schemes violate which regulations 
  • Best methods for uncovering hidden assets 

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CPE Information:

You Will Learn How To: 

  • Identify the different stages of the money-laundering process 
  • Determine which anti-money laundering regulations are violated by particular schemes 
  • Recognize traditional and contemporary methods of money laundering 
  • Identify offshore havens and their functionality and how money launderers use them 
  • Compare techniques for investigating money laundering 
  • Ascertain the best methods for tracing and discovering hidden assets 





Table of Contents:

Part I: The Money Laundering Process
  • Lesson 1: Introduction
  • Lesson 2: The Money Laundering Process
  • Lesson 3: Regulation and Compliance in the United States
  • Lesson 4: Anti-Money Laundering Laws
  • Lesson 5: International Anti-Money Laundering Efforts
  • Lesson 6: Traditional Methods of Money Laundering
  • Lesson 7: Investing Ill-Gotten Gains
  • Lesson 8: Using a Front Business to Launder Funds
  • Lesson 9: Offshore Havens
  • Lesson 10: Non-Traditional Methods of Money Laundering
Part II: Investigating Money Laundering
  • Lesson 11: Gathering Information
  • Lesson 12: Proving Illegal Proceeds
  • Lesson 13: Preparing the Personal Profile
  • Lesson 14: Tracing the Funds from the Point of Receipt
  • Lesson 15: Preparing the Business Profile
  • Lesson 16: Tracing Funds from the Point of Payment
  • Lesson 17: Turning an Inside Witness
  • Lesson 18: Recovering Hidden Assets
  • Lesson 19: Seven Questions in Any Forfeiture Case
  • Lesson 20: Conclusion

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System Requirements:

Internet access: High-speed connection recommended

Free Adobe Flash Player

Speakers required for video sound

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