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The Good Wife’s Gaffe on Money Laundering

Anyone who reads this blog knows I enjoy the courtroom drama The Good Wife. I try not to be hypersensitive when they get things wrong because they do so well. But this week’s episode went off the rails a bit. In the story, a known drug dealer being pursued by the FBI for all sorts of criminal activity leaves a bag containing $200,000 in cash in a lawyer’s office. When the firm inquires, he says it’s a retainer. The lawyers then engage in a serious debate as to whether or not to take on this client. As far as I can tell (it wasn’t clear), they ended up keeping the money.

There’s so much wrong with this picture it’s hard to know where to start. So I’ll start with how they’ll all end up in jail. The first reason they’d never take the cash is that they’d have to fill out a Form 8300 with the IRS telling them where you got the cash. For the rest of this post, see The Write Report
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