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June 8, 2011
In International Hunts for Stashed Cash, Prosecutors Increasingly Target Lawyers and Other Professionals
Wall Street Journal

WASHINGTON – A recent spate of legal cases offers a preview of how anticorruption officials could pursue ill-gotten assets of toppled leaders in places like Egypt and Tunisia: Increasingly, prosecutors are going after not only corrupt politicians, but the lawyers and other professionals who may have helped them move cash.

Recent cases in the U.S. and Europe show that while such advisers often haven’t faced legal troubles in the past, they are more and more finding themselves ensnared in prosecutions.

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