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My law degree wasn’t meant for money laundering. But boy, it would make it easy.

This article was originally published by The Washington Post.

I didn’t pursue a law degree to learn how to launder money for human traffickers, opioid kingpins or corrupt public officials. But my legal training has helped me to understand just how easy it would be.

Anonymous companies are ubiquitous in most money-laundering schemes, and in the allegations against Trump campaign associates Paul Manafort and Richard Gates. Shell companies are formed with no record of the true owners, and because they are so easy to set up — especially if you’re a lawyer — you can easily layer dozens of them to confuse investigators and hide dirty money.

Continue reading: the full op-ed can be found here.

Amol Mehra is Executive Director of the International Corporate Accountability Roundtable.

This article was originally published by The Washington Post.