A criminal defense attorney approached a person at a strip club who he thought was a drug dealer. The person was, in fact, a confidential informant working for the government. The attorney offered to launder the informant's drug proceeds using a method he learned from watching the TV show Breaking Bad. The informant played along and told the lawyer he had a $30,000 shipment coming in soon that the lawyer could help him launder.
The attorney did receive $30,000 in marked government funds and was subsequently arrested and prosecuted.
Federal prosecutors aggressively prosecute money laundering crimes. Money laundering convictions carry significant prison sentences under the United States Sentencing Guidelines. It is imperative that defendants retain experienced federal criminal lawyers to defend them in these types of federal prosecutions.