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Comment Re:Even if it is money, I get it.... (Score 1) 81

I believe the correct answer is not only do you not change the money, you are obliged to contact the police and report the person.

Yes and no respectively. But if the cops ask you, you have to answer honestly or you're an accessory... unless they're asking about your spouse, then you don't have to answer. Whee!

Comment Re:Even if you disagree with the judge . . . (Score 1) 81

Conducting a monetary transaction intended to conceal the proceeds of a crime is the very definition of Accessory after the fact. His question was about a monetary transaction where he's been told that it's the result of a crime.

As a general rule you are not required in some states to report crimes you are aware of (though in some you are, know your states law!). But if you assist the perpetrators in the crime, such as through concealment or laundering of funds you are an accessory after the fact. Your link doesn't explain very well that accessory after the fact doesn't just apply to concealing the crime (it implies this) as laundering the funds or assisting in disposal of assets where you know of the crime makes you an accessory. You can be an accessory by doing anything that assists the criminals in their crime.

Comment Re:Even if you disagree with the judge . . . (Score 1) 81

Knowledge of a crime without reporting it is called accessory. Even if they tell you about the crime after they've done it you are still an accessory after the fact.

So yes, if someone tells you've they've committed a crime or are going to commit a crime you are obligated to report it to law enforcement and refuse the transaction. To think otherwise would either make you extremely naive or stupid.

This is basic common knowledge, you can't help people commit crimes. It's ok to be ignorant of their crime (but you need to understand you may have your profits taken away) but if they tell you about intended law breaking and you proceed then you are an accessory to their crime. And in some states if that was a felony you are now also on the hook for everything they did because in most US states all participants in a felony can be convicted of every criminal action. For example, if they'd committed a robbery and killed someone in the progress and you laundered the money you could be charged with murder.

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