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I worked for a private duty free store located in my home

Hello,I worked for a private duty free store located in my home country - Israel, about 10 years ago as an affiliate manager. We sold tobacco, alcohol and more to diplomats residing temporarily in Israel. That license allowed the owner (somehow) to send tobacco and other merchandise to private customers in the U.S. The merchandise would be inspected by Israeli Tax and customs authorities before leaving the country. I assumed all was legit.I quit that job about 6 years ago due to low appreciation and paycheck expectations after 4 years on the job. My replacement (Jonathan) stepped in and did the exact same work including drop shipping (having a contact in the US to receive all the packages, store and ship them).When Jonathan went to visit his brother in the States this year, he was arrested! the 3 charges:conspiracy to commit wire fraudconspiracy to commit money launderingconspiracy to commit importation of tax free cigarettesHe spent nearly 6 months in custody awaiting the trial of the drop shippers and others involved in this operation. They released him after this time after he was willing to testify against the people involved and agree to a lie detector test.While he was in custody - they asked him about the owner (the true criminal) but they had nothing on him since he never included his name in any of the business documents. Then, they asked about me...They knew who I was, my FB and linkedin page etc.Now, I am scared to leave my country. I won't risk traveling to the U.S. any longer. But what about other countries that have extradition treaties with the U.S.?I am getting married soon and wish to travel to Thailand for my honeymoon but scared to do so.I consulted with a few local lawyers and even the lawyer that handled Jonathans' case in the U.S.He told me that the trial is over and its unlikely that they are still pursuing me but no one can really know...My concern is that some of the drop shippers were in a European country and agents were sent to arrest them as well for the trial.So... I am worried about Thailand in that sense and require your expert opinion.

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Was contacted by company named diplomat cargo international,

Was contacted by company named diplomat cargo international, saying I need to pay 5000 for a pkg that was sent to me with me my knowing or wanting. The woman has since died, they say if I don't pay I go to jail and have me on a no fly list, also say this is money laundering.Never received any port of laden papers or anything other then their email. Am I responsible?Thank u Diane ***********

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I am one of the founding members of a non-profit that

I am one of the founding members of a non-profit that recently received a restricted donation. The terms of the donation were to use the funds to assist one of our students build a mobile app that is meant to help the visually impaired. The non-profit is to receive the invoices/purchase orders etc from all the people/companies that are working towards building the application and we are to pay them directly. The mother of the child and her friend are demanding all the money be placed in their companies bank account. Basically requested our non-profit to serve as a shell company so the donating corporation can get a tax write off and then we just turn around and put the money in their account for liquid asset. After talking to two accounting firms and one tax preparerer who is a former IRS agent, they have all confirmed that if we are not paying the vendors/contractors/business service companies directly then we are not working within the legal scope of our non-profit. that all receipts need to show we paid all service providers who provide a bill should be from the non profit to the service providers. The mother has since said there are a few companies who must have a check with her companies name on it (they couldn't accept a check from us). One of the accounting adviser's said as long as we get a letter of explanation stating why the money had to be paid to her company, accompanied by an invoice from her company and receipts proving she paid the third party that we could submit those in case of an audit. So we got the invoice, cut the check and have asked for receipts proving they paid who was on the receipt. For the $29,000 they collected they have only produced $300 worth of receipts. They are not demanding we give them the remainder of the money so that her company can prove liquid assets. We again told them that is illegal and the direct word from the former IRS agent was money laundering and that we would not participate in it. We are demanding they provide the documents we need to prove that money was used for what it was invoiced for and refuse to cut them money directly, but that we would do what was agreed upon and within the scope of the non-profit and pay the vendors/suppliers directly for the growth of the visually impared app as stated by the donor. They do not want to do that, so we now want to return the unused funds to the donor, since they are not willing to following the guidelines. Is returning the funds a legal action. We don't want to continue to fight with them and have them demanding daily we turn the donation over to them so they can have liquid asset for their company, which again everyone has confirmed is not in the legal scope of any non-profit and would void the donors tax deduction. We have no interest in doing anything illegal.

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I am a psychiatrist whose practice was closed down, because

I am a psychiatrist whose practice was closed down, because medical records were not up to standard (the DEA originally accused me of money laundering and tax evasion). Many drug dealers posing as patients got into the practice since we had no way of disclosing who they were, this we appeared to be a pill mill, selling prescriptions. I am looking at good semaraton laws because, in order to get the records where they needed to be, I would have had to cut my case load from 1000 opiate dependent patients to 500, due to the time it would take to process the records. Statistically, that would have cost the lives of one person per month; as it were, we were, statistically, saving 25 lives a year, giving Suboxone (an opiate, like methadone), group therapy at no charge, and tranquilizers. Will the good semariton laws be a viable defense; I need to look through the presidents to see whether there are case histories where this defense was successful.Alan

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I have lived in California my whole life. I intend to stay

I have lived in California my whole life. I intend to stay in California, however I plan to live on a sailboat and I want to travel on that boat. Live my life as I see fit. In that effort I took an address at a UPS Store in Burlingame California. My financial institutions (brokerages) advised me that my accounts are frozen until I get a "physical address". Doh, I live on a boat. No, you need a physical address, or your accounts will remain frozen.So I still do have an address to use, but I'm selling that property and again will have this issue at some point. Apparently this is because of the "Patriot Act".Anyway, I want to be "domiciled" in San Mateo county where my UPS Store is located, but evidently my money will be frozen if I use that address.Is there a way I can live my life without being harassed for my choices ?

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I have a question, I think I'm being harass by a guy in the

I have a question, I think I'm being harass by a guy in the military and I've been getting these text talking about I am involved in a money laundering thing cause this guy I met on a dating site and he wanted to send his belongs to me cause we weree supposed to be having a relationship and when he said he sent the package somebody else said I needed to comr up with 1250 dollars for this package to come to my residence and I told him I wasn't going to do it, so I haven't heard anything from this person in months and I get a text today that the FBI was coming to get me, they said if I sent them the 1250 that they were going to send the package to me and I told them that I didn't want the package and nothing to do with him, so if I was supposed to be involved in money laundering why would they want me to pay the money and still send the package wouldn't the FBI would have came after me already?

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If a company overseas (England) to deposit no more than

If a company overseas (England) to deposit no more than $10,000.00 into my checking Account and I were to send it back to them without receiving a penny of it is that money Laundering ? Those Funds are NOT in any way, shape or an any, going into a Terrorist Network.. I attempted to contact Treasury and FBI and could not get anyone attention ! The Banks say it's okay, but when I asked for a reference, they could not advise. This is an investment Firm in England an in Real-state.. Furthermore, I asked and was approved for a $10,000 Loan paid back at 6 Months with $2,000 interest. I dont want to be arrested, because I don't know the Laws pertaining to transfer of funds to and from USA Banks. Please advise, I know this is a tough question, but NO ONE HAS THE ANSWER YET.. Can you advise PLEASE ?

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A foreign alien, in the USA on a student visa, is go to get

A foreign alien, in the USA on a student visa, is go to get a loan for $40,000. This $40,000 will be wired to India to the Father as a LOAN to be paid back in a few months. Is there an IRS report threshhold for this type of transaction?

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I've been divorced few months and have sold off many tools

Hi,I've been divorced for a few months and have sold off many tools and test equipment. I put $8000 in the bank a month or so ago from those sales. I sold my van last week for cash and want to deposit that $9500 in cash. I also have another $4000 from the sale of more tools and personal goods. (I've retired from general contracting) I understand there's some type of government surveillance on cash deposits over $10000 in a year. What do I need to file? I've read online stories of cash seizures by the government for cash deposits and I want to avoid any issues.

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