Note: This op-ed originally appeared in Smerconish.com and was written by Debra LaPrevotte, Senior Investigator at The Sentry.
Every day, agents, police, and prosecutors across America are fighting to protect our communities, safeguard U.S. national security and financial markets, and stem the flow of dirty money into the United States. Even so, current safeguards against money laundering still allow a tidal wave of illicit cash into the United States.
I should know. I led many of these types of investigations for 20 years.
Congress now has an opportunity — an obligation, I would argue — to provide American law enforcement with updated investigative tools to shore up our defenses against terrorists, drug cartels, human trafficking operations, transnational criminal enterprises, and some of America’s most dangerous adversaries from Iran to Russia…