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Dirty Money
First broadcast January 2006

Money laundering accounts for hundreds of billions of dollars every year, turning the proceeds of crime into apparently legal funds.

And, according to some studies, virtually none of the cash is ever traced by the authorities.

In a new three-part series, Michael Buchanan investigates the murky world of the money launderers. He discovers what happens to criminally acquired cash once the house is robbed, the drug sold, the bounty killed or the child traded, and how the proceeds of a crime are turned into legitimate funds.

Part Three: Terrorism

How do terrorists move their funds around the world to finance atrocities like 9/11? And what can the authorities do to stop them?

Michael Buchanan investigates the abuse of charities, money transfers and the international banking system by those intent on bringing carnage to our streets. He reaches some disturbing conclusions.

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