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Money laundering

When money gained through crime is made to look as if it has been obtained legitimately – the process is called money laundering. This can be done simply through gambling at casinos or by more complicated financial transactions. More than $1.5 trillion of illegal funds is estimated to be laundered worldwide each year with an around $4.5 billion laundered in Australia. The AIC has been researching this crime for some years, particularly in relation to the financing of terrorism. More about the AIC’s research, as well as links to international and national agencies and organisations working in this field, is available on this website.


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