The variety of tools available to launderers makes this a difficult crime to stop, but authorities do catch the bad guys every now and then. In the next section, we'll take a look at two busted money-laundering operations.
In October 2005, a Texas county indicted U.S. congressman Tom DeLay on charges that included money laundering and conspiracy to violate election codes. (The conspiracy charge was later thrown out.)
In Texas, candidates for legislature are not allowed to receive corporate campaign donations. The prosecution holds that DeLay took part in an alleged scheme to bypass that rule and hide the corporate origins of money that ended up in the hands of Republican candidates in Texas. The alleged laundering scheme involved sending corporate donations from Texas to the Republican National Committee headquarters in Washington D.C., and the RNC then sending an equal amount of money back to Texas for use in campaigning.
DeLay was convicted in 2010 and sentenced to three years in prison but remained free on bond as he appealed. In 2013 the Texas Third Court of Appeals overturned the conviction on grounds of legally insufficient evidence.
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