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Investigating Money Laundering Cases

How the Who/Where/When Make All The Difference.


A brief overview of the importance of the “Who/Where/When” when investigating money laundering cases. By looking at when someone is moving money around, patterns of illicit activity are clearly visible. It comes down to the fact that techniques such as smurfing involve geographically diverse deposit locations and can be spread out over time, all to avoid detection. By seeing these geotemporal patterns, it is possible to quickly identify new suspects by mapping the time and location of deposits to ATM video surveillance footage.


This short video shows what financial transactions look like over time and geography, which is key to being able to spot patterns. The next step is to show the relationship between the accounts and the associated individuals to understand how the money moves through a network of organized criminals.

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