Okay, let me see if I have the pitch right—hypothetically speaking,
let's say I have made, through many illegal means, a metric buttload of
money and I want to have it laundered. I don't want to mess with the
banking systems as they seem to be under high scrutiny these days (besides,
everybody knows they're criminals anyway).
So, I grab a few hundred pages from Wikipedia, bundle them into a “book”
which I “publish
and sell” via Amazon. This costs me nearly nothing.
Then I “buy” as many copies of this “book”, getting nearly 45% of the
money as the “author.” Amazon won't complain, as they're getting a nice
chunk of change. Heck, I could even get a higher percentage of the money if
the “book” is bought through an affiliate program I set up
(this might push my percentage over 50%).
And who's to say this isn't going on right
And you know, money
laudering might explain some of these Etsy sites (link via Regretsy).
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