Money Laundering involves the movement of the funds obtained illegally. An individual who conducts a financial transaction with the proceeds of illegal activity can be guilty of money laundering in several ways. First, if the financial transaction is done with the intent to promote the illegal activity. Second, if the transaction is done knowing that the transaction is designed in whole or in part to conceal or disguise the nature, location, source, ownership or control of those proceeds. Third the transaction is designed to avoid reporting the transaction as required by law. A person who conducts a financial transaction in any of these ways is guilty of money laundering. In many cases, money laundering is charged along with the underlying crime by which the individual obtained the funds. Money laundering charges can add significant time to the sentence imposed. If you are charged with money laundering you should immediately contact an experienced criminal defense attorney.