18 U.S. Code § 1956 - Laundering of monetary instruments

(a)
(1) Whoever, knowing that the property involved in a financial transaction represents the proceeds of some form of unlawful activity, conducts or attempts to conduct such a financial transaction which in fact involves the proceeds of specified unlawful activity—
(A)
(i) with the intent to promote the carrying on of specified unlawful activity; or
(ii) with intent to engage in conduct constituting a violation of section 7201 or 7206 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986; or
(B) knowing that the transaction is designed in whole or in part—
(i) to conceal or disguise the nature, the location, the source, the ownership, or the control of the proceeds of specified unlawful activity; or
(ii) to avoid a transaction reporting requirement under State or Federal law,
shall be sentenced to a fine of not more than $500,000 or twice the value of the property involved in the transaction, whichever is greater, or imprisonment for not more than twenty years, or both. For purposes of this paragraph, a financial transaction shall be considered to be one involving the proceeds of specified unlawful activity if it is part of a set of parallel or dependent transactions, any one of which involves the proceeds of specified unlawful activity, and all of which are part of a single plan or arrangement.
(2) Whoever transports, transmits, or transfers, or attempts to transport, transmit, or transfer a monetary instrument or funds from a place in the United States to or through a place outside the United States or to a place in the United States from or through a place outside the United States—
(A) with the intent to promote the carrying on of specified unlawful activity; or
(B) knowing that the monetary instrument or funds involved in the transportation, transmission, or transfer represent the proceeds of some form of unlawful activity and knowing that such transportation, transmission, or transfer is designed in whole or in part—
(i) to conceal or disguise the nature, the location, the source, the ownership, or the control of the proceeds of specified unlawful activity; or
(ii) to avoid a transaction reporting requirement under State or Federal law,
shall be sentenced to a fine of not more than $500,000 or twice the value of the monetary instrument or funds involved in the transportation, transmission, or transfer, whichever is greater, or imprisonment for not more than twenty years, or both. For the purpose of the offense described in subparagraph (B), the defendant’s knowledge may be established by proof that a law enforcement officer represented the matter specified in subparagraph (B) as true, and the defendant’s subsequent statements or actions indicate that the defendant believed such representations to be true.
(3) Whoever, with the intent—
(A) to promote the carrying on of specified unlawful activity;
(B) to conceal or disguise the nature, location, source, ownership, or control of property believed to be the proceeds of specified unlawful activity; or
(C) to avoid a transaction reporting requirement under State or Federal law,
conducts or attempts to conduct a financial transaction involving property represented to be the proceeds of specified unlawful activity, or property used to conduct or facilitate specified unlawful activity, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned for not more than 20 years, or both. For purposes of this paragraph and paragraph (2), the term “represented” means any representation made by a law enforcement officer or by another person at the direction of, or with the approval of, a Federal official authorized to investigate or prosecute violations of this section.
(b) Penalties.—
(1) In general.— Whoever conducts or attempts to conduct a transaction described in subsection (a)(1) or (a)(3), orsection 1957, or a transportation, transmission, or transfer described in subsection (a)(2), is liable to the United States for a civil penalty of not more than the greater of—
(A) the value of the property, funds, or monetary instruments involved in the transaction; or
(B) $10,000.
(2) Jurisdiction over foreign persons.— For purposes of adjudicating an action filed or enforcing a penalty ordered under this section, the district courts shall have jurisdiction over any foreign person, including any financial institution authorized under the laws of a foreign country, against whom the action is brought, if service of process upon the foreign person is made under the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure or the laws of the country in which the foreign person is found, and—
(A) the foreign person commits an offense under subsection (a) involving a financial transaction that occurs in whole or in part in the United States;
(B) the foreign person converts, to his or her own use, property in which the United States has an ownership interest by virtue of the entry of an order of forfeiture by a court of the United States; or
(C) the foreign person is a financial institution that maintains a bank account at a financial institution in the United States.
(3) Court authority over assets.— A court may issue a pretrial restraining order or take any other action necessary to ensure that any bank account or other property held by the defendant in the United States is available to satisfy a judgment under this section.
(4) Federal receiver.—
(A) In general.— A court may appoint a Federal Receiver, in accordance with subparagraph (B) of this paragraph, to collect, marshal, and take custody, control, and possession of all assets of the defendant, wherever located, to satisfy a civil judgment under this subsection, a forfeiture judgment under section 981 or 982, or a criminal sentence under section 1957 orsubsection (a) of this section, including an order of restitution to any victim of a specified unlawful activity.
(B) Appointment and authority.— A Federal Receiver described in subparagraph (A)—
(i) may be appointed upon application of a Federal prosecutor or a Federal or State regulator, by the court having jurisdiction over the defendant in the case;
(ii) shall be an officer of the court, and the powers of the Federal Receiver shall include the powers set out in section 754 of title 28, United States Code; and
(iii) shall have standing equivalent to that of a Federal prosecutor for the purpose of submitting requests to obtain information regarding the assets of the defendant—
(I) from the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network of the Department of the Treasury; or
(II) from a foreign country pursuant to a mutual legal assistance treaty, multilateral agreement, or other arrangement for international law enforcement assistance, provided that such requests are in accordance with the policies and procedures of the Attorney General.
(c) As used in this section—
(1) the term “knowing that the property involved in a financial transaction represents the proceeds of some form of unlawful activity” means that the person knew the property involved in the transaction represented proceeds from some form, though not necessarily which form, of activity that constitutes a felony under State, Federal, or foreign law, regardless of whether or not such activity is specified in paragraph (7);
(2) the term “conducts” includes initiating, concluding, or participating in initiating, or concluding a transaction;
(3) the term “transaction” includes a purchase, sale, loan, pledge, gift, transfer, delivery, or other disposition, and with respect to a financial institution includes a deposit, withdrawal, transfer between accounts, exchange of currency, loan, extension of credit, purchase or sale of any stock, bond, certificate of deposit, or other monetary instrument, use of a safe deposit box, or any other payment, transfer, or delivery by, through, or to a financial institution, by whatever means effected;
(4) the term “financial transaction” means
(A) a transaction which in any way or degree affects interstate or foreign commerce
(i) involving the movement of funds by wire or other means or
(ii) involving one or more monetary instruments, or
(iii) involving the transfer of title to any real property, vehicle, vessel, or aircraft, or
(B) a transaction involving the use of a financial institution which is engaged in, or the activities of which affect, interstate or foreign commerce in any way or degree;
(5) the term “monetary instruments” means
(i) coin or currency of the United States or of any other country, travelers’ checks, personal checks, bank checks, and money orders, or
(ii) investment securities or negotiable instruments, in bearer form or otherwise in such form that title thereto passes upon delivery;
(6) the term “financial institution” includes—
(A) any financial institution, as defined in section 5312 (a)(2) of title 31, United States Code, or the regulations promulgated thereunder; and
(B) any foreign bank, as defined in section 1 of the International Banking Act of 1978 (12 U.S.C. 3101);
(7) the term “specified unlawful activity” means—
(A) any act or activity constituting an offense listed in section 1961 (1) of this title except an act which is indictable under subchapter II of chapter 53 of title 31;
(B) with respect to a financial transaction occurring in whole or in part in the United States, an offense against a foreign nation involving—
(i) the manufacture, importation, sale, or distribution of a controlled substance (as such term is defined for the purposes of the Controlled Substances Act);
(ii) murder, kidnapping, robbery, extortion, destruction of property by means of explosive or fire, or a crime of violence (as defined in section 16);
(iii) fraud, or any scheme or attempt to defraud, by or against a foreign bank (as defined in paragraph 7 of section 1(b) of the International Banking Act of 1978));  [1]
(iv) bribery of a public official, or the misappropriation, theft, or embezzlement of public funds by or for the benefit of a public official;
(v) smuggling or export control violations involving—
(I) an item controlled on the United States Munitions List established under section 38 of the Arms Export Control Act (22 U.S.C. 2778); or
(II) an item controlled under regulations under the Export Administration Regulations (15 C.F.R. Parts 730–774);
(vi) an offense with respect to which the United States would be obligated by a multilateral treaty, either to extradite the alleged offender or to submit the case for prosecution, if the offender were found within the territory of the United States; or
(vii) trafficking in persons, selling or buying of children, sexual exploitation of children, or transporting, recruiting or harboring a person, including a child, for commercial sex acts;
(C) any act or acts constituting a continuing criminal enterprise, as that term is defined in section 408 of the Controlled Substances Act (21 U.S.C. 848);
(D) an offense under section 32 (relating to the destruction of aircraft), section 37 (relating to violence at international airports), section 115 (relating to influencing, impeding, or retaliating against a Federal official by threatening or injuring a family member), section 152 (relating to concealment of assets; false oaths and claims; bribery), section 175c (relating to the variola virus), section 215 (relating to commissions or gifts for procuring loans), section 351 (relating to congressional or Cabinet officer assassination), any of sections 500 through 503 (relating to certain counterfeiting offenses), section 513 (relating to securities of States and private entities), section 541 (relating to goods falsely classified), section 542 (relating to entry of goods by means of false statements), section 545 (relating to smuggling goods into the United States), section 549 (relating to removing goods from Customs custody), section 554 (relating to smuggling goods from the United States), section 555 (relating to border tunnels), section 641 (relating to public money, property, or records), section 656 (relating to theft, embezzlement, or misapplication by bank officer or employee), section 657 (relating to lending, credit, and insurance institutions), section 658 (relating to property mortgaged or pledged to farm credit agencies), section 666 (relating to theft or bribery concerning programs receiving Federal funds), section 793, 794, or 798 (relating to espionage), section 831 (relating to prohibited transactions involving nuclear materials), section 844 (f) or (i) (relating to destruction by explosives or fire of Government property or property affecting interstate or foreign commerce), section 875 (relating to interstate communications), section 922 (l) (relating to the unlawful importation of firearms), section 924 (n) (relating to firearms trafficking), section 956 (relating to conspiracy to kill, kidnap, maim, or injure certain property in a foreign country), section 1005 (relating to fraudulent bank entries), 1006  [2] (relating to fraudulent Federal credit institution entries), 1007  [2] (relating to Federal Deposit Insurance transactions), 1014  [2] (relating to fraudulent loan or credit applications), section 1030 (relating to computer fraud and abuse), 1032  [2] (relating to concealment of assets from conservator, receiver, or liquidating agent of financial institution), section 1111 (relating to murder), section 1114 (relating to murder of United States law enforcement officials), section 1116 (relating to murder of foreign officials, official guests, or internationally protected persons), section 1201 (relating to kidnaping), section 1203 (relating to hostage taking), section 1361 (relating to willful injury of Government property), section 1363 (relating to destruction of property within the special maritime and territorial jurisdiction), section 1708 (theft from the mail), section 1751 (relating to Presidential assassination), section 2113 or 2114 (relating to bank and postal robbery and theft), section 2252A (relating to child pornography) where the child pornography contains a visual depiction of an actual minor engaging in sexually explicit conduct, section 2260 (production of certain child pornography for importation into the United States), section 2280 (relating to violence against maritime navigation), section 2281 (relating to violence against maritime fixed platforms), section 2319 (relating to copyright infringement), section 2320 (relating to trafficking in counterfeit goods and services), section 2332 (relating to terrorist acts abroad against United States nationals), section 2332a (relating to use of weapons of mass destruction), section 2332b (relating to international terrorist acts transcending national boundaries), section 2332g (relating to missile systems designed to destroy aircraft), section 2332h (relating to radiological dispersal devices), section 2339A or 2339B (relating to providing material support to terrorists), section 2339C (relating to financing of terrorism), or section 2339D (relating to receiving military-type training from a foreign terrorist organization) of this title, section 46502 of title 49, United States Code, a felony violation of the Chemical Diversion and Trafficking Act of 1988 (relating to precursor and essential chemicals), section 590 of the Tariff Act of 1930 (19 U.S.C. 1590) (relating to aviation smuggling), section 422 of the Controlled Substances Act (relating to transportation of drug paraphernalia), section 38 (c) (relating to criminal violations) of the Arms Export Control Act, section 11 (relating to violations) of the Export Administration Act of 1979, section 206 (relating to penalties) of the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, section 16 (relating to offenses and punishment) of the Trading with the Enemy Act, any felony violation of section 15 of the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008 (relating to supplemental nutrition assistance program benefits fraud) involving a quantity of benefits having a value of not less than $5,000, any violation of section 543(a)(1) of the Housing Act of 1949 (relating to equity skimming), any felony violation of the Foreign Agents Registration Act of 1938, any felony violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, or section 92 of the Atomic Energy Act of 1954 (42 U.S.C. 2122) (relating to prohibitions governing atomic weapons)  [3] environmental crimes
(E) a felony violation of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (33 U.S.C. 1251 et seq.), the Ocean Dumping Act (33 U.S.C. 1401 et seq.), the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships (33 U.S.C. 1901 et seq.), the Safe Drinking Water Act (42 U.S.C. 300f et seq.), or the Resources Conservation and Recovery Act (42 U.S.C. 6901 et seq.); or
(F) any act or activity constituting an offense involving a Federal health care offense;
(8) the term “State” includes a State of the United States, the District of Columbia, and any commonwealth, territory, or possession of the United States; and
(9) the term “proceeds” means any property derived from or obtained or retained, directly or indirectly, through some form of unlawful activity, including the gross receipts of such activity.
(d) Nothing in this section shall supersede any provision of Federal, State, or other law imposing criminal penalties or affording civil remedies in addition to those provided for in this section.
(e) Violations of this section may be investigated by such components of the Department of Justice as the Attorney General may direct, and by such components of the Department of the Treasury as the Secretary of the Treasury may direct, as appropriate, and, with respect to offenses over which the Department of Homeland Security has jurisdiction, by such components of the Department of Homeland Security as the Secretary of Homeland Security may direct, and, with respect to offenses over which the United States Postal Service has jurisdiction, by the Postal Service. Such authority of the Secretary of the Treasury, the Secretary of Homeland Security, and the Postal Service shall be exercised in accordance with an agreement which shall be entered into by the Secretary of the Treasury, the Secretary of Homeland Security, the Postal Service, and the Attorney General. Violations of this section involving offenses described in paragraph (c)(7)(E) may be investigated by such components of the Department of Justice as the Attorney General may direct, and the National Enforcement Investigations Center of the Environmental Protection Agency.
(f) There is extraterritorial jurisdiction over the conduct prohibited by this section if—
(1) the conduct is by a United States citizen or, in the case of a non-United States citizen, the conduct occurs in part in the United States; and
(2) the transaction or series of related transactions involves funds or monetary instruments of a value exceeding $10,000.
(g) Notice of Conviction of Financial Institutions.— If any financial institution or any officer, director, or employee of any financial institution has been found guilty of an offense under this section, section 1957 or 1960 of this title, or section 5322 or 5324 of title 31, the Attorney General shall provide written notice of such fact to the appropriate regulatory agency for the financial institution.
(h) Any person who conspires to commit any offense defined in this section or section 1957 shall be subject to the same penalties as those prescribed for the offense the commission of which was the object of the conspiracy.
(i) Venue.—
(1) Except as provided in paragraph (2), a prosecution for an offense under this section or section 1957 may be brought in—
(A) any district in which the financial or monetary transaction is conducted; or
(B) any district where a prosecution for the underlying specified unlawful activity could be brought, if the defendant participated in the transfer of the proceeds of the specified unlawful activity from that district to the district where the financial or monetary transaction is conducted.
(2) A prosecution for an attempt or conspiracy offense under this section or section 1957 may be brought in the district where venue would lie for the completed offense under paragraph (1), or in any other district where an act in furtherance of the attempt or conspiracy took place.
(3) For purposes of this section, a transfer of funds from 1 place to another, by wire or any other means, shall constitute a single, continuing transaction. Any person who conducts (as that term is defined in subsection (c)(2)) any portion of the transaction may be charged in any district in which the transaction takes place.


[1]  So in original. The second closing parenthesis probably should not appear.

[2]  So in original. Probably should be preceded by “section”.

[3]  So in original. Probably should be followed by a semicolon.

Source

(Added Pub. L. 99–570, title I, § 1352(a),Oct. 27, 1986, 100 Stat. 3207–18; amended Pub. L. 100–690, title VI, §§ 6183, 6465, 6466, 6469(a)(1), 6471(a), (b), title VII, § 7031,Nov. 18, 1988, 102 Stat. 4354, 4375, 4377, 4378, 4398; Pub. L. 101–647, title I, §§ 105–108, title XII, § 1205(j), title XIV, §§ 1402, 1404, title XXV, § 2506, title XXXV, § 3557,Nov. 29, 1990, 104 Stat. 4791, 4792, 4831, 4835, 4862, 4927; Pub. L. 102–550, title XV, §§ 1504(c), 1524, 1526(a), 1527(a), 1530, 1531, 1534, 1536,Oct. 28, 1992, 106 Stat. 4055, 4064–4067; Pub. L. 103–322, title XXXII, § 320104(b), title XXXIII, §§ 330008(2), 330011(l), 330012, 330019, 330021(1),Sept. 13, 1994, 108 Stat. 2111, 2142, 2145, 2146, 2149, 2150; Pub. L. 103–325, title IV, §§ 411(c)(2)(E), 413(c)(1), (d),Sept. 23, 1994, 108 Stat. 2253–2255; Pub. L. 104–132, title VII, § 726,Apr. 24, 1996, 110 Stat. 1301; Pub. L. 104–191, title II, § 246,Aug. 21, 1996, 110 Stat. 2018; Pub. L. 104–294, title VI, §§ 601(f)(6), 604 (b)(38),Oct. 11, 1996, 110 Stat. 3499, 3509; Pub. L. 106–569, title VII, § 709(a),Dec. 27, 2000, 114 Stat. 3018; Pub. L. 107–56, title III, §§ 315, 317, 318, 376, title VIII, § 805(b), title X, § 1004,Oct. 26, 2001, 115 Stat. 308, 310, 311, 342, 378, 392; Pub. L. 107–273, div. B, title IV, §§ 4002(a)(11), (b)(5), (c)(2), 4005 (d)(1), (e),Nov. 2, 2002, 116 Stat. 1807, 1809, 1812, 1813; Pub. L. 108–458, title VI, § 6909,Dec. 17, 2004, 118 Stat. 3774; Pub. L. 109–164, title I, § 103(b),Jan. 10, 2006, 119 Stat. 3563; Pub. L. 109–177, title III, § 311(c), title IV, §§ 403(b), (c)(1), 405, 406(a)(2), 409,Mar. 9, 2006, 120 Stat. 242–244, 246; Pub. L. 110–234, title IV, §§ 4002(b)(1)(B), (D), (2)(M), 4115 (c)(1)(A)(i), (B)(ii),May 22, 2008, 122 Stat. 1096, 1097, 1109; Pub. L. 110–246, § 4(a), title IV, §§ 4002(b)(1)(B), (D), (2)(M), 4115 (c)(1)(A)(i), (B)(ii),June 18, 2008, 122 Stat. 1664, 1857, 1858, 1870; Pub. L. 110–358, title II, § 202,Oct. 8, 2008, 122 Stat. 4003; Pub. L. 111–21, § 2(f)(1),May 20, 2009, 123 Stat. 1618; Pub. L. 112–127, § 6,June 5, 2012, 126 Stat. 371.)
References in Text

Sections 7201 and 7206 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, referred to in subsec. (a)(1)(A)(ii), are classified, respectively, to sections 7201 and 7206 of Title 26, Internal Revenue Code.
The Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, referred to in subsec. (b)(2), are set out in the Appendix to Title 28, Judiciary and Judicial Procedure.
The Controlled Substances Act, referred to in subsec. (c)(7)(B)(i), (D), is title II of Pub. L. 91–513, Oct. 27, 1970, 84 Stat. 1242, which is classified principally to subchapter I (§ 801 et seq.) of chapter 13 of Title 21, Food and Drugs. Section 422 of the Act is classified to section 863 of Title 21. For complete classification of this Act to the Code, see Short Title note set out under section 801 of Title 21 and Tables.
The Chemical Diversion and Trafficking Act of 1988, referred to in subsec. (c)(7)(D), is subtitle A (§ 6051–6061) of title VI of Pub. L. 100–690, Nov. 18, 1988, 102 Stat. 4312. For complete classification of subtitle A to the Code, see Short Title of 1988 Amendment note set out under section 801 of Title 21, Food and Drugs, and Tables.
Section 38(c) of the Arms Export Control Act, referred to in subsec. (c)(7)(D), is classified to section 2778 (c) of Title 22, Foreign Relations and Intercourse.
Section 11 of the Export Administration Act of 1979, referred to in subsec. (c)(7)(D), is classified to section 2410 of Title 50, Appendix, War and National Defense.
Section 206 of the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, referred to in subsec. (c)(7)(D), is classified to section 1705 of Title 50.
Section 16 of the Trading with the Enemy Act, referred to in subsec. (c)(7)(D), is classified to section 16 of Title 50, Appendix.
Section 15 of the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008, referred to in subsec. (c)(7)(D), is classified to section 2024 of Title 7, Agriculture.
Section 543(a)(1) of the Housing Act of 1949, referred to in subsec. (c)(7)(D), is classified to section 1490s (a)(1) of Title 42, The Public Health and Welfare.
The Foreign Agents Registration Act of 1938, referred to in subsec. (c)(7)(D), is act June 8, 1938, ch. 327, 52 Stat. 631, which is classified generally to subchapter II (§  611 et seq.) of chapter 11 of Title 22, Foreign Relations and Intercourse. For complete classification of this Act to the Code, see Short Title note set out under section 611 of Title 22 and Tables.
The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, referred to in subsec. (c)(7)(D), probably means the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act of 1977, title I of Pub. L. 95–213, Dec. 19, 1977, 91 Stat. 1494, which enacted sections 78dd–1 to 78dd–3 of Title 15, Commerce and Trade, and amended sections 78m and 78ff of Title 15. For complete classification of this Act to the Code, see Short Title of 1977 Amendment note set out under section 78a of Title 15 and Tables.
The Federal Water Pollution Control Act, referred to in subsec. (c)(7)(E), is act June 30, 1948, ch. 758, as amended generally by Pub. L. 92–500, § 2,Oct. 18, 1972, 86 Stat. 816, which is classified generally to chapter 26 (§ 1251 et seq.) of Title 33, Navigation and Navigable Waters. For complete classification of this Act to the Code, see Short Title note set out under section 1251 of Title 33 and Tables.
The Ocean Dumping Act, referred to in subsec. (c)(7)(E), probably means title I of the Marine Protection, Research, and Sanctuaries Act of 1972, Pub. L. 92–532, Oct. 23, 1972, 86 Stat. 1053, which is classified generally to subchapter I (§ 1411 et seq.) of chapter 27 of Title 33. For complete classification of title I to the Code, see Tables.
The Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships, referred to in subsec. (c)(7)(E), is Pub. L. 96–478, Oct. 21, 1980, 94 Stat. 2297, which is classified principally to chapter 33 (§ 1901 et seq.) of Title 33. For complete classification of this Act to the Code, see Short Title note set out under section 1901 of Title 33 and Tables.
The Safe Drinking Water Act, referred to in subsec. (c)(7)(E), is title XIV of act July 1, 1944, as added Dec. 16, 1974, Pub. L. 93–523, § 2(a), 88 Stat. 1660, which is classified generally to subchapter XII (§ 300f et seq.) of chapter 6A of Title 42, The Public Health and Welfare. For complete classification of this Act to the Code, see Short Title note set out under section 201 of Title 42 and Tables.
The Resources Conservation and Recovery Act, referred to in subsec. (c)(7)(E), probably means the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act of 1976, Pub. L. 94–580, Oct. 21, 1976, 90 Stat. 2796, which is classified generally to chapter 82 (§ 6901 et seq.) of Title 42. For complete classification of this Act to the Code, see Short Title of 1976 Amendment note set out under section 6901 of Title 42 and Tables.
Codification

Pub. L. 110–234and Pub. L. 110–246made identical amendments to this section. The amendments by Pub. L. 110–234were repealed by section 4(a) ofPub. L. 110–246.
Amendments

2012—Subsec. (c)(7)(D). Pub. L. 112–127inserted “section 555 (relating to border tunnels),” after “section 554 (relating to smuggling goods from the United States),”.
2009—Subsec. (c)(9). Pub. L. 111–21added par. (9).
2008—Subsec. (c)(7)(D). Pub. L. 110–358inserted “section 2252A (relating to child pornography) where the child pornography contains a visual depiction of an actual minor engaging in sexually explicit conduct, section 2260 (production of certain child pornography for importation into the United States),” before “section 2280”.
Pub. L. 110–246, § 4115(c)(1)(A)(i), (B)(ii), substituted “benefits” for “coupons”.
Pub. L. 110–246, § 4002(b)(1)(B), (D), (2)(M), substituted “Food and Nutrition Act of 2008” for “Food Stamp Act of 1977” and “supplemental nutrition assistance program benefits” for “food stamp”.
2006—Subsec. (a)(1). Pub. L. 109–177, § 405, inserted last sentence.
Subsec. (b)(3), (4)(A). Pub. L. 109–177, § 406(a)(2), struck out “described in paragraph (2)” after “A court”.
Subsec. (c)(7)(B)(vii). Pub. L. 109–164added cl. (vii).
Subsec. (c)(7)(D). Pub. L. 109–177, § 409, inserted “, section 2339C (relating to financing of terrorism), or section 2339D (relating to receiving military-type training from a foreign terrorist organization)” after “section 2339A or 2339B (relating to providing material support to terrorists)” and struck out “or” before “section 2339A or 2339B”.
Pub. L. 109–177, § 403(b), which directed amendment of subsec. (c)(7)(D) by substituting “any felony violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act” for “or any felony violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act”, could not be executed because of the amendment by Pub. L. 108–458, § 6909(3). See 2004 Amendment note below.
Pub. L. 109–177, § 311(c), inserted “section 554 (relating to smuggling goods from the United States),” before “section 641 (relating to public money, property, or records),”.
Subsec. (e). Pub. L. 109–177, § 403(c)(1), amended subsec. (e) generally. Prior to amendment, subsec. (e) read as follows: “Violations of this section may be investigated by such components of the Department of Justice as the Attorney General may direct, and by such components of the Department of the Treasury as the Secretary of the Treasury may direct, as appropriate and, with respect to offenses over which the United States Postal Service has jurisdiction, by the Postal Service. Such authority of the Secretary of the Treasury and the Postal Service shall be exercised in accordance with an agreement which shall be entered into by the Secretary of the Treasury, the Postal Service, and the Attorney General. Violations of this section involving offenses described in paragraph (c)(7)(E) may be investigated by such components of the Department of Justice as the Attorney General may direct, and the National Enforcement Investigations Center of the Environmental Protection Agency.”
2004—Subsec. (c)(7)(D). Pub. L. 108–458, § 6909(3), struck out “or” after “any felony violation of the Foreign Agents Registration Act of 1938,” and substituted “, or section 92 of the Atomic Energy Act of 1954 (42 U.S.C. 2122) (relating to prohibitions governing atomic weapons)” for semicolon at end.
Pub. L. 108–458, § 6909(2), which directed the insertion of “section 2332g (relating to missile systems designed to destroy aircraft), section 2332h (relating to radiological dispersal devices),” after “section 2332 (b) (relating to international terrorist acts transcending national boundaries),” was executed by making the insertion after text which contained the words “section 2332b” rather than “section 2332 (b)”, to reflect the probable intent of Congress.
Pub. L. 108–458, § 6909(1), inserted “section 175c (relating to the variola virus),” before “section 215”.
2002—Subsec. (c)(6)(B). Pub. L. 107–273, § 4005(d)(1), substituted semicolon for period at end.
Subsec. (c)(7)(B)(ii). Pub. L. 107–273, § 4002(b)(5)(A), realigned margins.
Subsec. (c)(7)(D). Pub. L. 107–273, § 4005(e), repealed Pub. L. 107–56, § 805(b). See 2001 Amendment note below.
Pub. L. 107–273, § 4002(c)(2), substituted “services),” for “services),,” and “Code,” for “Code,,”.
Pub. L. 107–273, § 4002(b)(5)(B), struck out “or” at end.
Pub. L. 107–273, § 4002(a)(11), made technical corrections to directory language of Pub. L. 104–132, § 726(2). See 1996 Amendment note below.
Subsec. (c)(7)(E). Pub. L. 107–273, § 4002(b)(5)(C), substituted “; or” for period at end.
Subsec. (c)(7)(F). Pub. L. 107–273, § 4002(b)(5)(D), substituted “any” for “Any” and semicolon for period at end.
2001—Subsec. (b). Pub. L. 107–56, § 317, inserted subsec. heading, designated existing provisions as par. (1), inserted heading and inserted “, or section 1957” after “or (a)(3)” in introductory provisions, redesignated former pars. (1) and (2) as subpars. (A) and (B), respectively, of par. (1), realigned margins, and added pars. (2) to (4).
Subsec. (c)(6). Pub. L. 107–56, § 318, added par. (6) and struck out former par. (6) which read as follows: “the term ‘financial institution’ has the definition given that term in section 5312 (a)(2) of title 31, United States Code, or the regulations promulgated thereunder;”.
Subsec. (c)(7)(B). Pub. L. 107–56, § 315(1), substituted “destruction of property by means of explosive or fire, or a crime of violence (as defined in section 16)” for “or destruction of property by means of explosive or fire” in cl. (ii), inserted a closing parenthesis after “1978” in cl. (iii), and added cls. (iv) to (vi).
Subsec. (c)(7)(D). Pub. L. 107–56, § 376, inserted “or 2339B” after “2339A”. Pub. L. 107–56, § 805(b), which amended subpar. (D) identically, was repealed by Pub. L. 107–273, § 4005(e).
Pub. L. 107–56, § 315(2), inserted “section 541 (relating to goods falsely classified),” before “section 542”, “section 922 (l) (relating to the unlawful importation of firearms), section 924 (n) (relating to firearms trafficking),” before “section 956”, “section 1030 (relating to computer fraud and abuse),” before “1032”, and “any felony violation of the Foreign Agents Registration Act of 1938,” before “or any felony violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act”.
Subsec. (i). Pub. L. 107–56, § 1004, added subsec. (i).
2000—Subsec. (c)(7)(D). Pub. L. 106–569inserted “any violation of section 543(a)(1) of the Housing Act of 1949 (relating to equity skimming),” after “coupons having a value of not less than $5,000,”.
1996—Subsec. (c)(7)(B)(ii). Pub. L. 104–132, § 726(1), amended cl. (ii) generally. Prior to amendment, cl. (ii) read as follows: “kidnapping, robbery, or extortion; or”.
Subsec. (c)(7)(B)(iii). Pub. L. 104–294, § 601(f)(6), struck out one closing parenthesis after “1978”.
Subsec. (c)(7)(D). Pub. L. 104–294, § 604(b)(38), amended directory language of Pub. L. 103–322, § 320104(b). See 1994 Amendment note below.
Pub. L. 104–132, § 726(2), as amended by Pub. L. 107–273, § 4002(a)(11), inserted “section 32 (relating to the destruction of aircraft), section 37 (relating to violence at international airports), section 115 (relating to influencing, impeding, or retaliating against a Federal official by threatening or injuring a family member),” after “an offense under”, “section 351 (relating to congressional or Cabinet officer assassination),” after “section 215 (relating to commissions or gifts for procuring loans),”, “section 831 (relating to prohibited transactions involving nuclear materials), section 844 (f) or (i) (relating to destruction by explosives or fire of Government property or property affecting interstate or foreign commerce),” after “798 (relating to espionage),”, “section 956 (relating to conspiracy to kill, kidnap, maim, or injure certain property in a foreign country),” after “section 875 (relating to interstate communications),”, “section 1111 (relating to murder), section 1114 (relating to murder of United States law enforcement officials), section 1116 (relating to murder of foreign officials, official guests, or internationally protected persons),” after “1032 (relating to concealment of assets from conservator, receiver, or liquidating agent of financial institution),”, “section 1361 (relating to willful injury of Government property), section 1363 (relating to destruction of property within the special maritime and territorial jurisdiction),” after “section 1203 (relating to hostage taking),”, “section 1751 (relating to Presidential assassination),” after “1708 (theft from the mail),”, “section 2280 (relating to violence against maritime navigation), section 2281 (relating to violence against maritime fixed platforms),” after “2114 (relating to bank and postal robbery and theft),”, and substituted “section 2320” for “or section 2320” and “, section 2332 (relating to terrorist acts abroad against United States nationals), section 2332a (relating to use of weapons of mass destruction), section 2332b (relating to international terrorist acts transcending national boundaries), or section 2339A (relating to providing material support to terrorists) of this title, section 46502 of title 49, United States Code,” for “of this title”.
Subsec. (c)(7)(F). Pub. L. 104–191added subpar. (F).
1994—Subsec. (a)(2). Pub. L. 103–325, § 413(c)(1)(A)(ii), substituted “transfer” for “transfer.” in concluding provisions and two times in subpar. (B).
Pub. L. 103–322, § 330019(a)(3), andPub. L. 103–325, § 413(c)(1)(A)(i), amended par. (2) identically, inserting “not more than” before “$500,000” in concluding provisions.
Subsec. (b). Pub. L. 103–325, § 413(c)(1)(B), inserted “or (a)(3)” after “(a)(1)” and substituted “transfer” for “transfer.”
Subsec. (c)(7)(B)(ii). Pub. L. 103–322, § 330021(1), substituted “kidnapping” for “kidnaping”.
Subsec. (c)(7)(B)(iii). Pub. L. 103–322, § 330019(a)(1), andPub. L. 103–325, § 413(c)(1)(C), each amended cl. (iii) by inserting a closing parenthesis after “1978”.
Subsec. (c)(7)(D). Pub. L. 103–322, § 330019(b), andPub. L. 103–325, § 413(c)(1)(D), amended subpar. (D) identically, substituting “section 15 of the Food Stamp Act of 1977” for “section 9(c) of the Food Stamp Act of 1977”.
Pub. L. 103–322, § 330011(l), andPub. L. 103–325, § 413(d), made identical amendments repealing Pub. L. 101–647, § 3557(2)(E). See 1990 Amendment note below.
Pub. L. 103–322, § 320104(b), as amended by Pub. L. 104–294, § 604(b)(38), substituted “section 2319 (relating to copyright infringement), or section 2320 (relating to trafficking in counterfeit goods and services),” for “or section 2319 (relating to copyright infringement)”.
Subsec. (c)(7)(E). Pub. L. 103–322, § 330012, andPub. L. 103–325, § 413(c)(1)(E), amended subpar. (E) identically, striking out second period at end.
Subsec. (e). Pub. L. 103–322, § 330008(2), andPub. L. 103–325, § 413(c)(1)(F), amended subsec. (e) identically, substituting “Environmental Protection Agency” for “Evironmental Protection Agency”.
Subsec. (g). Pub. L. 103–325, § 411(c)(2)(E), in subsec. (g) relating to notice of conviction of financial institutions, substituted “section 5322 or 5324 of title 31” for “section 5322 of title 31”.
Pub. L. 103–322, § 330019(a)(2), andPub. L. 103–325, § 413(c)(1)(G), made identical amendments redesignating subsec. (g) relating to penalty for money laundering conspiracies as (h).
Subsec. (h). Pub. L. 103–322, § 330019(a)(2), andPub. L. 103–325, § 413(c)(1)(G), made identical amendments redesignating subsec. (g) relating to penalty for money laundering conspiracies as (h).
1992—Subsec. (a)(2). Pub. L. 102–550, § 1531(a), substituted “transportation, transmission, or transfer.” for “transportation” wherever appearing in subpar. (B) and concluding provisions.
Subsec. (a)(3). Pub. L. 102–550, § 1531(b), in concluding provisions, substituted “property represented to be the proceeds” for “property represented by a law enforcement officer to be the proceeds”.
Subsec. (b). Pub. L. 102–550, § 1531(a), substituted “transportation, transmission, or transfer.” for “transportation” in introductory provisions.
Subsec. (c)(3). Pub. L. 102–550, § 1527(a)(2), inserted “use of a safe deposit box,” before “or any other payment”.
Subsec. (c)(4)(A). Pub. L. 102–550, § 1527(a)(1), added clause (iii), struck out “which in any way or degree affects interstate or foreign commerce,” after “or aircraft,” and inserted “which in any way or degree affects interstate or foreign commerce” after “(A) or transaction”.
Subsec. (c)(6). Pub. L. 102–550, § 1526(a), substituted “or the regulations” for “and the regulations”.
Subsec. (c)(7)(B). Pub. L. 102–550, § 1536, designated part of existing provisions as cl. (i) and added cls. (ii) and (iii).
Subsec. (c)(7)(D). Pub. L. 102–550, §§ 1524, 1534(1), (2), struck out “1341 (relating to mail fraud) or section 1343 (relating to wire fraud) affecting a financial institution, section 1344 (relating to bank fraud),” after “hostage taking),”, inserted “section 1708 (theft from the mail),” before “section 2113”, substituted “section 422 of the Controlled Substances Act” for “section 1822 of the Mail Order Drug Paraphernalia Control Act (100 Stat. 3207–51; 21 U.S.C. 857)”, and struck out “or” before “section 16”.
Pub. L. 102–550, § 1534(3), which directed insertion of “, any felony violation of section 9(c) of the Food Stamp Act of 1977 (relating to food stamp fraud) involving a quantity of coupons having a value of not less than $5,000, or any felony violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act” before semicolon, was executed by making insertion before semicolon at end to reflect the probable intent of Congress.
Subsec. (g). Pub. L. 102–550, § 1530, added subsec. (g) relating to penalty for money laundering conspiracies.
Pub. L. 102–550, § 1504(c), added subsec. (g) relating to notice of conviction of financial institutions.
1990—Subsec. (a)(2). Pub. L. 101–647, § 108(1), inserted at end “For the purpose of the offense described in subparagraph (B), the defendant’s knowledge may be established by proof that a law enforcement officer represented the matter specified in subparagraph (B) as true, and the defendant’s subsequent statements or actions indicate that the defendant believed such representations to be true.”
Subsec. (a)(3). Pub. L. 101–647, § 108(2), inserted “and paragraph (2)” after “this paragraph” in last sentence.
Subsec. (c)(1). Pub. L. 101–647, § 106, substituted “State, Federal, or foreign” for “State or Federal”.
Subsec. (c)(4). Pub. L. 101–647, § 1402, inserted “(A)” before “a transaction” the first place it appears, “(B)” before “a transaction” the second place it appears, “(i)” before “involving” the first place it appears, and “(ii)” before “involving” the second place it appears.
Subsec. (c)(5). Pub. L. 101–647, § 105, amended par. (5) generally. Prior to amendment, par. (5) read as follows: “the term ‘monetary instruments’ means coin or currency of the United States or of any other country, travelers” checks, personal checks, bank checks, money orders, investment securities in bearer form or otherwise in such form that title thereto passes upon delivery, and negotiable instruments in bearer form or otherwise in such form that title thereto passes upon delivery;”.
Subsec. (c)(7)(A). Pub. L. 101–647, § 3557(1), substituted “subchapter II of chapter 53 of title 31” for “the Currency and Foreign Transactions Reporting Act”.
Subsec. (c)(7)(C). Pub. L. 101–647, § 1404(a)(1), struck out “or” at end.
Subsec. (c)(7)(D). Pub. L. 101–647, § 3557(2)(A)–(D), substituted “section 2113” for “or section 2113”, substituted “theft), or” for “theft) of this title,”, inserted “of this title” after “2319 (relating to copyright infringement)”, and substituted “paraphernalia” for “paraphenalia”.
Pub. L. 101–647, § 3557(2)(E), which directed the amendment of subpar. (D) by striking the final period, was repealed by Pub. L. 103–322, § 330011(l), andPub. L. 103–325, § 413(d).
Pub. L. 101–647, § 2506(2), inserted “section 1341 (relating to mail fraud) or section 1343 (relating to wire fraud) affecting a financial institution,” after “section 1203 (relating to hostage taking),”.
Pub. L. 101–647, § 2506(1), inserted “section 1005 (relating to fraudulent bank entries), 1006 (relating to fraudulent Federal credit institution entries), 1007 (relating to Federal Deposit Insurance transactions), 1014 (relating to fraudulent loan or credit applications), 1032 (relating to concealment of assets from conservator, receiver, or liquidating agent of financial institution),” after “section 875 (relating to interstate communications),”.
Pub. L. 101–647, § 1404(a)(2), inserted “; or” after “Trading with the Enemy Act” at end.
Pub. L. 101–647, § 107, substituted “a felony violation of the Chemical Diversion and Trafficking Act of 1988” for “section 310 of the Controlled Substances Act (21 U.S.C. 830)”.
Subsec. (c)(7)(E). Pub. L. 101–647, § 1404(a)(2), amended par. (7) by inserting “; or” and subpar. (E) before the period.
Subsec. (c)(8). Pub. L. 101–647, § 1205(j), added par. (8).
Subsec. (e). Pub. L. 101–647, § 1404(b), inserted at end “Violations of this section involving offenses described in paragraph (c)(7)(E) may be investigated by such components of the Department of Justice as the Attorney General may direct, and the National Enforcement Investigations Center of the Evironmental [sic] Protection Agency.”
1988—Subsec. (a)(1)(A). Pub. L. 100–690, § 6471(a), amended subpar. (A) generally, designating existing provisions as cl. (i) and adding cl. (ii).
Subsec. (a)(2). Pub. L. 100–690, § 6471(b), substituted “transports, transmits, or transfers, or attempts to transport, transmit, or transfer” for “transports or attempts to transport” in introductory provisions.
Subsec. (a)(3). Pub. L. 100–690, § 6465, added par. (3).
Subsec. (c)(7)(D). Pub. L. 100–690, § 7031, substituted “section 513” for “section 511” and “section 545” for “section 543” and inserted “section 657 (relating to lending, credit, and insurance institutions), section 658 (relating to property mortgaged or pledged to farm credit agencies),”.
Pub. L. 100–690, § 6466, inserted “section 542 (relating to entry of goods by means of false statements),”, “section 549 (relating to removing goods from Customs custody),”, and “section 2319 (relating to copyright infringement), section 310 of the Controlled Substances Act (21 U.S.C. 830) (relating to precursor and essential chemicals), section 590 of the Tariff Act of 1930 (19 U.S.C. 1590) (relating to aviation smuggling), section 1822 of the Mail Order Drug Paraphernalia Control Act (100 Stat. 3207–51; 21 U.S.C. 857) (relating to transportation of drug paraphenalia [sic]),”.
Pub. L. 100–690, § 6183, substituted “section 38 (c) (relating to criminal violations) of the Arms Export Control Act, section 11 (relating to violations) of the Export Administration Act of 1979, section 206 (relating to penalties) of the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, or section 16 (relating to offenses and punishment) of the Trading with the Enemy Act.” for “section 38 of the Arms Export Control Act (22 U.S.C. 2778), section 2 (relating to criminal penalties) of the Export Administration Act of 1979 (50 App. U.S.C. 2401), section 203 (relating to criminal sanctions) of the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (50 U.S.C. 1702), or section 3 (relating to criminal violations) of the Trading with the Enemy Act (50 App. U.S.C. 3)”.
Subsec. (e). Pub. L. 100–690, § 6469(a)(1), substituted “and, with respect to offenses over which the United States Postal Service has jurisdiction, by the Postal Service. Such authority of the Secretary of the Treasury and the Postal Service shall be exercised in accordance with an agreement which shall be entered into by the Secretary of the Treasury, the Postal Service, and the Attorney General.” for “. Such authority of the Secretary of the Treasury shall be exercised in accordance with an agreement which shall be entered into by the Secretary of the Treasury and the Attorney General.”
Effective Date of 2008 Amendment

Amendment of this section and repeal of Pub. L. 110–234by Pub. L. 110–246effective May 22, 2008, the date of enactment of Pub. L. 110–234, except as otherwise provided, see section 4 ofPub. L. 110–246, set out as an Effective Date note under section 8701 of Title 7, Agriculture.
Amendment by sections 4002(b)(1)(B), (D), (2)(M), and 4115(c)(1)(A)(i), (B)(ii) ofPub. L. 110–246effective Oct. 1, 2008, see section 4407 ofPub. L. 110–246, set out as a note under section 1161 of Title 2, The Congress.
Effective Date of 2002 Amendment

Pub. L. 107–273, div. B, title IV, § 4002(a)(11),Nov. 2, 2002, 116 Stat. 1807, provided that the amendment made by section 4002 (a)(11) is effective Apr. 24, 1996.
Pub. L. 107–273, div. B, title IV, § 4005(e),Nov. 2, 2002, 116 Stat. 1813, provided that the amendment made by section 4005 (e) is effective Oct. 26, 2001.
Effective Date of 1996 Amendment

Amendment by section 604(b)(38) ofPub. L. 104–294effective Sept. 13, 1994, see section 604(d) ofPub. L. 104–294, set out as a note under section 13 of this title.
Effective Date of 1994 Amendments

Pub. L. 103–322, title XXXIII, § 330011(l),Sept. 13, 1994, 108 Stat. 2145, and Pub. L. 103–325, title IV, § 413(d),Sept. 23, 1994, 108 Stat. 2255, provided that the repeal of section 3557(2)(E) ofPub. L. 101–647made by those sections is effective as of the date of enactment of Pub. L. 101–647, which was approved Nov. 29, 1990.

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