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June 17, 2015

Hastert Indictment another Example for Justice Department Reform
By Donald Scarinci

After spending millions of taxpayer dollars on an investigation, the FBI indicted Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert. It takes a bit of reading to figure out why. Unfortunately the time and money wasted and another public servant’s assassinated reputation cannot be recovered. Unfortunately, Hastert is not the only victim of overzealous prosecution for a technical violation of the BSA. As detailed in the Washington Post last year, “structuring” charges are on the rise in the United States, particularly as a stand-alone charge. According to Syracuse University’s Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, structuring prosecution rose 57.1 percent over the past five years. In many cases, the defendants are small business owners that did nothing other than making frequent deposits of under $10,000.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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