Laundering the Proceeds of Public Sector Corruption

World Bank, April 2009

Case Legal Studies Research 09-10

50 Pages Posted: 7 Apr 2009 Last revised: 1 May 2011

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Richard K. Gordon

Case Western Reserve University School of Law


While much has been written about how anti-money laundering laws might be used to prevent or uncover official corruption there has been little empirical analysis of actual cases. Such an examination suggests that there are a number of recurring patterns of corruption that do not involve cash. These patterns suggest ways in which financial institutions might better detect the laundering of official corruption.

Keywords: Financial Action Task Force Standard, FATF, FATF 40, Money Laundering, Public Sector, Patterns of Corruption, Features of Corruption, Financial Institutions

JEL Classification: K14, K23, K42

Suggested Citation

Gordon, Richard K., Laundering the Proceeds of Public Sector Corruption. World Bank, April 2009, Case Legal Studies Research 09-10, Available at SSRN:

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