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How is money laundered through real estate?

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May 14 2018

The laundering of illicit funds through real estate is an established money laundering method in Australia. Criminals may be drawn to money laundering through real estate due to the fact that it is relatively uncomplicated and requires little expertise. Furthermore real estate can be bought using cash, true ownership can be disguised, and property is a secure investment with good potential to increase in value.

In the report ‘Money laundering through real estate’, AUSTRAC identifies some common methods in which criminals launder illicit funds through real estate.