Prodigious amounts of illegal drugs are transported across the USA’s southern border by cartels despite the best efforts of law enforcement. These shipments generate hundreds of millions in cash profits – profits the cartels would like to reinvest in legitimate business ventures on this side of the border. However, converting mountains of illicit cash into clean investible dollars is not a simple matter. The AML (anti-money laundering) laws in this country were designed to thwart this transmutation (a good thing).
My latest novel, PHANTOM MONEY, is about a brilliant lawyer in Los Angeles who is forced to concoct and implement an ingenious money laundering scheme for a ruthless drug cartel. The plot is complicated of necessity. Evading the network of AML laws is not a simple matter. That is particularly true when you’re tasked with laundering $100 million in a very short time frame. The attorney at the center of Phantom Money, Declan Collins, has his work cut for him. Staying alive is job one. Staying out of jail is a close second.