It's a crime of its own, but money laundering is what makes crime pay. Truly: if we were serious about crime, we'd take most of the cops off the streets and replace them with accountants. Taking down the financial underpinnings of a criminal enterprise is way more effective than busting their entry level contractors. [...]
So YES, this is complex & convoluted. It's how you get away with money laundering. Baffle with bullshit. [...] And because the scale of the fraud is so enormous, journalists are having a problem integrating and explaining how it all connects without sounding like they're ranting about Bilderberg and Bohemian Grove.
Here's a great thread explaining money laundering that starts with selling weed and ends with the Ottoman Empire. Unrolled version.