This violation is the act of making funds, derived through criminal means, seem legitimate. This usually involves investing criminally derived money into a legitimate, or what appears to be a legitimate business. The money extracted from this “legitimate” enterprise is laundered or clean money. Many money laundering operations also involve tax evasion and “creative” accounting. Despite the fact that these are very complicated transactions, the Government has been very vigilant at prosecuting individuals and imposing severe penalties against individuals involved.