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Criminal defense on tap in California money-laundering probe

People visit and/or choose to live in California for many different reasons. Some enjoy the temperate climate this state has to offer. Others love the exciting nightlife provided by casinos and other gambling halls. Many who enjoy the latter are familiar with Bicycle Hotel & Casino in Bell Gardens, which is currently under federal investigation and in need of a strong criminal defense.

Federal authorities say they conducted a raid at the popular gambling establishment on a recent Tuesday. In fact, several law enforcement officials told reporters they seized thousands of financial records during the operation. There is now a full-blown money-laundering investigation underway. 

A whole day of fun was lost for patrons as investigators took over the building at 7 a.m. to begin their work. Officials say they suspect certain individuals of using dirty money to bet, then trading their chips in for clean cash. A special task force comprised of several different agencies have combined efforts in the investigation.

The Internal Revenue Service, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and a California gambling control agency are among those involved in the official operation. No matter what type of evidence is proffered in such cases, any person accused of gambling or money laundering crimes can exhaust all available criminal defense options to try to avoid conviction. Achieving this goal is often easier when assistance is enlisted, such as that provided by an experienced criminal law attorney. An attorney knows how to approach the system to combat aggressive tactics set forth by prosecutors who may be eager to secure a conviction.

Source: Los Angeles Times, "Federal authorities raid Bicycle Hotel and Casino in Bell Gardens", Richard Winton, James Queally, Veronica Rocha, Accessed on April 20, 2017

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