This is a crime of concealing the assets or profits or proceeds from some other criminal activity. The purpose of the offense is to distance the illegal proceeds from their source. Often expensive purchases of cars, boats or other high dollar items are offered as evidence of money laundering. But there is no need for such expenditures and something as simple as putting funds in a normal bank account and then using the money for more normal expenses is sufficient for the federal charge to be brought. Like other federal charges experience and expertise are at the heart of a successful defense of these often complex cases.