The New York Times is so out of touch with what goes on along the border in the southwestern US. This reporter claims these “safe” houses are a trend in Texas but not in other states along the border. These safe houses have been a problem in Phoenix, where I’m from, for years. Squalid conditions, boarded up windows, no adequate toilets or sanitary facilities, locks on all the interior doors to keep people in. Rapes, robberies, death threats, extortion. I despise the media today where reporters don’t investigate and report the facts. Jan Brewer’s book should have given Manny Hernandez a clue but then she’s an “evil” conservative from Arizona, who stood up and challenged the NYT’s sweetheart, Obama.
L/E needs to check bank accounts----ALL of them---personal and business.
The "Bank Secrecy Act" was passed to protect the public from harm by identifying and detecting criminal enterprises, money laundering, tax evasion, and "other" unlawful activities.
Under the Bank Secrecy Act, banks are required to establish, implement and maintain programs designed to detect and report suspicious activity that might be indicative of govt fraud, money laundering, embezzlement, and other financial crimes.
<><> Joint bank accounts might be used to facilitate the transfer of funds to pay for personal and private expenses, credit cards, real estate subsidies and vehicle purchases.
<><> To cover their tracks, fake invoices might be created to show that money deposited into accounts was being used for legitimate purposes.
The scheme might be advanced by issuing phony statements of monies from federal and state sources that actually covered the transfer of funds for their own use.
<><> L/E is directed to get ahold of: (1) copies of checks, (2) wire transfers to Mexico and other Third World drug havens, (3) account statements, (4) invoices, (5) bills, (6) delivery tickets, (7) correspondence including e-mail, contracts, loan agreements, and, (8) any other books or records.
<><> L/E should also explore (a) monies paid to brokers, sub-brokers, (b) family members, (c) mortgage brokers, (d) financial managers, and, (e) real estate agents, brokers, and developers.
<><> L/E should scrutinize bank accounts for suspicious activites: (A) large deposits, (B) funds transferred from one account into another, (C) frequent requests for withdrawals.