Transnational Criminal Organizations, Cybercrime, and Money Laundering

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Transnational Criminal Organizations, Cybercrime, and Money Laundering

James R. Richards

CRC Press 1-800-272-7737 $29.00

This is an excellent book and a recommend read for the novice, the expert, and the voyeur. It combines into a very readable format the present and the future of international crime, how it uses money laundering for transshipment of their gains and the criminal future using computers and new money technology to make their job, and ours, as investigators, much more difficult. The book contains extensive examples of how the crimes are committed, trails and documents to look for and examples of crimes and how they used the tools and how the investigators finally made their case. It is also a well-written book that flows logically from beginning to end, including the Appendices.

If there is a shortcoming it is the focus of the book on the more visible crimes of drug traffickers and smugglers. It does not touch upon, to a great extent, the white-collar crimes, including securities fraud and embezzlement that are beginning to outstrip drug trafficking in some European nations as the source of illegal funds to be laundered. But, I’ll tell you this, if  James R. Richards, authors a second volume on Financial Crimes, we would like to be the first to purchase it.

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