A cash courier transporting $43,000, in shrink-wrapped packages, was intercepted on Interstate 88, just west of Chicago, and charged with money laundering, which reportedly has a maximum penalty of seven years' imprisonment under Illinois law. The charges were reduced to a misdemeanor charge of Attempted Money Laundering for the California resident, and he was sentenced to probation, and fined $500 court costs.
Seventy per cent of the funds were retained by Kane County authorities; 30% went back to the courier, under a plea agreement that is extremely disturbing; probation for money laundering ? Clearly, justice was not served here, but the coffers of a suburban Illinois county were.
The next time I see someone reduce money laundering to a misdemeanor, particularly bulk cash smuggling, I will try not to get upset, but it is a travesty.