The section number in the U.S. Code in Title 18 that is called “Laundering of Monetary Instruments,” the principal money laundering law of the United States. Introduced as one of two primary sections of the Money Laundering Control Act (MLCA) of 1986, it has been amended multiple times over the years, including amendments contained in the USA PATRIOT Act. Among other things, Section 1956, in general, prohibits anyone knowingly engaging in a financial transaction with illicit proceeds (proceeds of a Specified Unlawful Activity) or with the intent to conceal the true source or ownership of the proceeds or in order to avoid the mandatory reporting requirements. SUAs include several sanctions violations (e.g  criminal violations in Title 50 (IEEPA)).

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