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A case study of a vertically integrated #MoneyLaundry
The Kingstons: the polygamists that Big Love toned down to make them believeable for TV.
Also featuring Turkish and Russian costars.
(Thread. You been warned. Somebody throw Scalzi a distraction burrito.)
1 of many...
Terms:
Established Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints: “LDS Church”.
Members of that church: “LDS”.
The shared mythos group including LDS, LDS before 1890, fundamentalist FLDS, & other polygamist groups: “Mormon” or “Mormondom.”
Individual schismatics: their name.
Mormon : LDS :: Christian : Protestant (or Catholic, or Baptist, or Jehovah’s Witness)

LDS and LDS Chruch try very hard to deny that they share holy texts & mythology, but they’re all related, from the same foundation.
And yes, Mormons are Christians.

Christianity doesn’t require Trinitarianism, it doesn’t define texts (there are textual conflicts between Protestants, Catholics & Orthodox), or define ritual behaviors.

Get people wet in Jesus’ name? You’re Christian.

(Quakers are negotiable.)
You’ve probably heard of the FLDS, the group that is currently being dismantled since their prophet, Warren Jeffs, was convicted of child rape. And also money laundering. And welfare fraud. And labor law fuckery.

But financially?

FLDS were small time. Flashy, no substance.
The financial powerhouse of the polygamous splinter groups is the Kingston Group, also known as the Davis County Cooperative Society.

They’re a multigenerational polygamous family who started in the 1930s with a dairy farm, a potato-wheat farm and a small coal mine.
It’s hard to explain to people who didn’t grow up in the Mormon Corridor (a rectangle roughly from Idaho to Arizona, Continental Divide to Donner Pass in the US, with groups in Alberta and in Mexico) how pervasive Mormondom’s culture is.

It’s in everything.
It’s not like saying Evangelicals are an influence in Georgia.
Yeah, they’re AN influence.
But they’re a lot of separate influences who move in the same direction.
They’re more or less independent at the individual to congregation level.
They often disagree & switch churches.
It’s the difference between being a queen in Westeros, and being THE Queen of Westeros.
Obedience and cheerful acquiescence are primary virtues for Mormondom, and while they discarded most Calvinism, they instill a strong work ethic, paired with a deep commitment to the survival of the community.

They fall in line, more often than not.
Example: In LDS practice, you’re assigned to a ward (local congregation) by your address. You go to that ward, even if you’d rather attend a ward you grew up in.
No exceptions if you work night shifts & a ward near your job is a better fit. Your individual will shouldn’t matter.
Not even if you were assaulted by an elder or bullied by the head of the Relief Society (women’s group) or an older kid is abusing your younger one.

(Exceptions can be granted by going WAY high up, but they’re hard to get.)

This is normal within the established LDS Church.
There are no professional clergy in any of Mormondom.
Mormon Studies exist as a major, it’s far more historical than theological or ministerial. And doesn’t lead to the ministry.
The leadership is all male.

All functions are volunteer in the sense of “you have been volunteered”.
Refusing to take up a responsibility when the leadership tells you that God told them that you’re going to do it... is almost not done.

And it means the next job you’re told to do will be worse.

Pay 10% of your income or you don’t get access to the rituals.
Everyone is both encouraged to pray for direct guidance from God & receive prophecy, but the only prophecy comes through the Prophet, who heads the Church. If your prophecy contradicts the Prophet?

You’re wrong, or you start a schism.

This is the established church.
The splinter groups turn all these expectations of obedience to eleventy-twenty.

But people don’t stick with ANYTHING if they’re not getting more out of it than they put in. That’s elementary human behavior, and emotional satisfaction is a strong motivator.
The specific emotional satisfactions common to Mormondom are built into Mormondom from infancy: a sense that they are a chosen, superior people; that only through their actions is salvation possible; that discontent or doubt is active defiance of God, and itself a sin.
(Sure, a lot of Christendom uses a similar, unspoken formula, but it’s actively voiced in most of Mormondom.)

Oh, and they’re big on prosperity as a sign of God’s favor. Not exactly Prosperity Gospel, but collectively preserving & growing capital within the community.
There’s always been a thread of internal communalism within Mormondom.

History: Even before the mass westward migration in 1846-7, Mormons shared amongst themselves.

Fr’ex: The Word of Wisdom, the doctrine that forbids tea, coffee, tobacco & booze.
You’ll rarely get a practicing LDS to admit this, because most don’t have much historical education & they’ve been told all *their* lives that it was a voluntary rejection, not economic. But that doctrine was written in 1833, when the Mormons were trying to settle in Missouri.
They didn’t have their own trade network established for material goods, and they didn’t have much money. Buying tea, coffee & tobacco deprived the community of cash, and gave money to hostile neighbors.

Missouri was going bad; 20 Mormon men & boys were massacred 5 mos later.
(Also, Joseph Smith didn’t like tobacco smoke, and Emma Smith didn’t like cleaning spit off her floors.)

Skip ahead to the 1850s. Deseret built a distillery & brewery, because weak beer was safer than water, while whiskey had medicinal & surgical uses, plus trade value.
You can apply this economic principle of self-reliance to a lot of Mormondom behavior.
Early on in what’s now Utah, it was necessary. They had to be self-sufficient because there were no railroads yet and they were in the middle of nowhere.

(Some burning loathing, too.)
Before the 1950s Red Scare, when Cleon Skousen grafted Birchers & Mormondom together, the idea of collective action for better labor, better living conditions or to build a group service (like rural electric & telephone cooperatives) was normal in the US, and Mormondom.
When the Kingstons established their cooperative in the 30s, it was mostly family, but not exclusively. They brought in fellow travelers who were willing to work and share equally. It was the Depression. Cooperatives meant survival, especially for the excommunicated.
By 1950, and the transition from the Kingstons’ founding prophet to the 2nd, the Kingstons had established their habits. They’d been excommunicated for 20 years, had built their own priesthood & their own prophecy, and mostly rejected the other two major polygamist groups.
They’d also started expanding their business portfolio, but like most businesses in the 1950s, they were primarily cash oriented.

Which they exploited for tax avoidance.

Because... there’s a thread of anarcho-capitalism that runs through Mormondom. (Loathing part!)
It’s not just the schisms, though they’re the reservoir. Collectively, Mormondom has never forgotten that the state of Missouri let them be murdered en masse, used the militia against them in 1838, & Illinois failed to protect Joseph Smith from the mob who murdered him in 1844.
(There’s another legacy of counterfeiting, which was ALL OVER the Mississippi watershed during Bleeding Kansas era. Communities did use their printing presses to fuck over their neighbors, and yes, the early Mormons were doing it too, but blame the 1840s, not the Mormons.)
Mormondom remembers that the Federal government, as Martin Van Buren, would not protect the early Mormons’ rights to property and security.

Those who went to what became Salt Lake City in 1847 intended to leave the United States forever.

They did, in fact, leave.
They couldn’t know that the Mexican-American War would end in 1848 with the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, which transferred a big whack of the American West to the United States.

But mostly? The US left the Deseret (Utah) Mormons alone until after the Civil War.
The years & distance gave them time & space to evolve. They had what’s generously called a Reformation (and looks more like an Inquisition). They established hierarchies, instituted white supremacy, and considered themselves a mostly separate theocratic state.
Except on polygamy.

In the 1830s, most states had laws against bigamy on the books, but the federal code did not.

In 1862, Congress passed the Morrill Anti-Bigamy Act outlawed it in federal territories, including Utah. Which Mormondom took personally, as an attempt at genocide.
You can see the LDS reaction in the settlement patterns of the Mormon Corridor (roughly a rectangle from Idaho to Arizona, the Continental Divide to Donner Pass).

There’s a good chance any Corridor town founded between 1862-1880 was Mormon polygamist diaspora.
They were trying to claim remote territory where they wouldn’t be bothered, could make a living, could practice what they believed necessary for salvation. The more the Feds tried to outlaw it, the more defensive Mormondom became. (And even fewer practiced polygamy.)
Congress passed further laws (Edmunds Act, 1882; Edmunds-Tucker, in 1890) that were intended to eradicate polygamy, but instead turned it into civil disobedience & resistance.

Then came the 1890 Woodruff Manifesto.

The document that causes almost all Mormondom schisms.
The Manifesto banned the practice of polygamy in the established LDS church.

Most members at the time approved the Manifesto. Most members weren’t practicing polygamy anyway!

But the Manifesto also looked like compromise to get Utah statehood, which was desperately needed.
For the previous 50 years, major Mormon internal regulation mostly came as prophecy, most of which are recorded in the Doctrine & Covenants (one of 3 sacred texts for Mormondom) or Brigham Young’s preaching/writing.

The Manifesto was explicitly NOT prophecy, but policy.
Polygamy went on the down low. People who were already in plural marriages maintained them with varying degrees of secrecy, but no future plural marriages were allowed.

Economically? 1890-1915 were incredibly bad years in the West. Silver panics, locusts, drought.
The LDS Church lost almost all of its property before the Manifesto, an early form of civil asset forfeiture.
The intermountain West is HARD to farm.
Water control alone is a century of “oh shit” patches.
Mining was always exploitative & LDS treated non-LDS miners badly. Strikes.
But... by the 1920s, a little relative prosperity gave financial breathing room for a resurgence of polygamy, and the relative social approval of some forms of socialism & communal action allowed the first generation of post-Manifesto schisms to flourish.
Charles Kingston was never a practicing polygamist, but he came to believe in the principle.
It got him excommunicated in 1929.
At first, his wife Vesta thought he was cheating, but he convinced her & their children.
Their 1st, Elden, was 20, fragile & newly married.
Elden was the Kingstons’ first prophet.
He died in 1948, with 5 wives, and had established the early aspects of the cult: that all material wealth was held in common in the Cooperative Society; that clothes & food & shelter were identical and not worldly and to be shared equally.
One further Mormondom cultural quirk: Mormondom generally considers the US Constitution & Bill of Rights to be nearly holy documents, inspired by God.

But the further amendments? Not so much.

The Will of the People doesn’t apply to taxation & universal suffrage.
Now, back to the 1950s. We’ve got a mostly cash economy which enabled a large degree of tax evasion, the early Red Scare, Cleon Skousen & the Birchers of Doom, and the disastrous 1953 Short Creek raid, which tried (and failed) to enforce Arizona & Utah’s anti-bigamy laws.
But on the north side of Salt Lake City, the Davis County Cooperative Society was well into the third generation.
Their 2nd prophet was using his cattle breeding techniques on his own family.
Also brainwashing.

What’s better than a crime family? A crime family incest cult.
1930s-60s Kingston men wore self-made coveralls without pockets, no shoes or hats; women had identical blue dresses without pockets.
Religiously? Because nothing in this world is worth keeping.

Behaviorally? Hard to get far without shoes.
No pockets? Can’t hide money for escape.
Keeping marriages between cousins kept the capital in the family. They stopped bringing in outsiders.

Nobody in the family got paid, so they couldn’t easily leave anyway. Without labor expenses, the businesses were & are nearly all profit, which they turn back into more wealth.
(This is that point about Mormondom’s behavioral controls: they’re always framed as religious and virtuous, but they’re always in the financial interest of the organization.)
Like much of Mormondom, the Kingstons, even at this time, were not interested in evidence-based medicine.

It’s half religious, but also works as community control: if you don’t take people to the hospital, nobody notices how many babies, or who is sick.
They did keep their children in public schools, but that was a fairly easy dodge back then. Moms did most of the school stuff anyway, so Dad was *at work*.

(The Kingstons now use the charter/private school Not For Profit foundation scam. They’re good money laundry adjuncts.)
A commonality in crime families, regardless of location or culture, is a preference for cash businesses as the primary income.
Cash was used for most transactions - often including real estate.

(The Kingstons also have mining claims, which could plausibly turn up gold.)
But the dodge couldn’t last forever. The IRS got smarter, so did the Department of Justice and the State of Utah. It eventually became impossible to buy real estate for literal cash, and most vehicles.

They had to start issuing W-2s and using SSNs.
Which meant the Kingstons needed verticality.

Just because they were technically paying salaries doesn’t mean anyone got money.

They turned their paychecks over to the cooperative or church, got scrip they could spend at family businesses, the money stayed inside.
Following is a partial list of known Kingston Group businesses, sorted by primary function. They’ve had almost a century of keeping all of their capital in the family. Keeping everything in the family is not only good criminal sense, it’s a religious duty. It mounts up.
(Thanks to A K Osmond, who wrote their dissertation on the organizational structure of the Kingstons - link on request. It’s public, you can find it, but that was brave, and they don’t need more risks.)
They are TIGHT vertical integration of money laundering.

The point is to under-report the cash income at level 1 so L1 businesses barely break even. What the L1s MUST buy comes from & through level 2 businesses (which puts that money into laundry). L2s also barely break even.
The excess cash from the L1s gets used for local petty cash expenses (food, clothing) or turned into cash resale items (everything from eBay clearance arbitrage to flea markets) or just stashed. This is where the church is useful: collection plate deposits.
L2s contract their services with each other and the L1 & L3s, which produces the churn that cleans the money to be used at L3.
The point is to minimize the tax burden at all levels, and zero out as much profit as possible with accounting.
There is loss in the system, but less than most laundry operations, because it’s integrated.

The risk, though, is that everything’s integrated. If one thing breaks or gets busted? It can bring the whole system down.
The L1 high cash businesses (money comes from the outside)
Vending machines:
Advance Vending
Mountain Coin Machine Distribution
Premier Vending
Best Distributing Amusement Games
A&E Amusement
Gyms:
Fountain of Youth Health & Athletic Club
Perpetual Youth Inc
...
Bail & Pawn:
Bail Bond Specialists
Shoppers Pawn Shop
Sportsmans Pawn Shop
Sportsmans Bail Bond Specialists
Sportsmans Fast Cash
AAA Sportsmans Bail Bonds Information Recovery
A+ Sportsman’s Bail Bonds
Mountain Gold
Entertainment:
Lake Elsinore Casino/Card House
...
Retail:
East Side Market
Family Stores Tru Value
Shoppers Boot Corral
Standard Restaurant Supply/International Gourmet
Michael’s Shoe Repair & Men’s Stores
The Car Store Sales & Leasing (also mid-level)(A buy here, pay here with high interest rates. Predatory car sales.)
Service providers (L2)
The L1s contract with L2 service providers. On paper? It all looks like business as usual.
Fr’ex: Fictitious records of extra garbage runs look real, but money spent & received in those records is clean.
AAA Security
A-1 Disposal
Gabriel Construction...
L2, continued...

Spiffy Ice
Able Distributing
CTC Trucking
Associated Trucking
Kingston Trucking
Club 48 Managment
American Federal Corp
Kingston Produce (Pineapple, Potatoes & Onions) (also an L1 since they sell legit vegetables & L3, as real estate)
L3 Laundry (Finance, Investment, Real Estate)
Takes funds from L1&L2, invests in transferable property, lends at interest, buys & maintains property as rental income. Wealth storage & final cleaning.
If you rent/sell a house bought with fraudulent funds, you get clean money back.
Arrow Real Estate
Kearns Property CO
Fidelity Funding/Fidelity Factoring (not THE Fidelity. This is a pawn shop/payday loan for business clients)
El Cid Financial
Kingston Investments
Bear Mining Company
COB/COP Coal Development
CW Mining Company
A-Fab Engineering
...
Co-op Mining Company
Hiawatha Coal
HK Engineering
Washakie Renewable Energy

And AT LEAST 60 more businesses, LLCs and dbas that are far more opaque, just under the 1 umbrella. (There are more umbrellas, but not yet public.)

Consulting, Enterprises, anonymous corps and LLCs.
Not For Profits, who can take cash from any level without reporting it; they can also spend at any level with minimal oversight.
Latter Day Church of Christ
Ensign Academy
Little Red House Montessori

The Kingstons control at LEAST $300 Million, but 2x? 3x? Easy. Up to $10B.
(Yes, they own a casino, too. Laundry 101. It’s a small one, and that’s one of their better geniuses: they’re not ostentatious. Poker players don’t much like their card rooms, but being rude to the rubes while maintaining a good back room is great camouflage.)
This is interesting right now because when a crime family is doing laundry for itself, they might as well do some other laundry. They have the infrastructure built, after all.

If they can pull 25-40% off someone else’s money, that’s just more for them.
The Kingstons launder via loans. (Which is what got them in trouble this time.)

They lend some of their money through the pawn shops or via the Fidelity short term business loan shop. This is a double laundry, since it can clean their own money & other people’s.
(This was a Manafort dodge, remember: he’d buy a property with illicit funds wired from an off-shore account, then get a mortgage on the property from a US bank so he had the cash.)

(Recall: money laundering always LOSES money; it’s the opposite of actual good business.)
(This was a Manafort dodge, remember: he’d buy a property with illicit funds from an off-shore account, then get a mortgage on the property from a US bank so he had the cash.)

(Recall: money laundering always LOSES money; it’s the opposite of actual good business.)
But it’s not possible to launder all the money, because then they’d just be legit.
So they sometimes get stuck with $5M in gold sitting in a closet, which someone steals and someone else kills to get back... little problems like that. Yep, happened.
rollingstone.com/culture/cultur…
The Kingstons have been under scrutiny before. Usually for child abuse & neglect, and because of incestuous intermarriage/rape. But also for financial malfeasance, welfare fraud and tax evasion. And hate.
splcenter.org/fighting-hate/…
The Kingstons, unlike the FLDS, abandoned distinctive clothing a couple generations ago; they blend in.

Big Love (HBO) used some known aspects of the Kingstons as their model. Though they had to tone it down, because fiction requires plausibility.
sltrib.com/news/polygamy/…
But like most of the polygamous groups, living well is for the Prophet and his favorites. Many women and children live in crowded, poorly maintained houses, scrounging for sufficient work and food and clothing. It prompts a few neglect complaints, but not enough.
Some boys are discarded, though the advantage of the Kingstons’ extremely diverse internal economy is they usually need labor, and they can keep dangling the hope of an aunt-cousin marriage while the boys are too naïve to call bullshit.
The boys who are cast off from the Kingstons are usually close enough to SLC, and jobs & services. Unlike FLDS boys, who got dropped in the high desert to hitchhike out on I-40 or I-15.

If you have to be kicked out of your cult...
Let me be clear: this is multigenerational abuse.

No consent is possible because these children are raised without the idea that another way of life is possible.

The best possible end is the one playing out now, where the Feds confiscate the wealth, leaving no reason to stay.
Three years ago, some Kingston businesses were raided. It looks like they may have been tipped off, because there were a lot of missing & blank hard drives.

But former employees who would talk to the media (and the Feds) provided documents and context. And backups...
Last year, the first indictments from that raid came down: Isaiah and Jacob, sons of the current Prophet, John Daniel. They’re the CFO and CEO of Washakie Renewable Energy. (WRE). Which has looked like a Utah success story...
fox13now.com/2016/02/10/fed…
WRE claimed to produce 10 million gallons of biodiesel per month from waste oil. They absolutely did spend money on facilities, and a PR budget, and a lot of positive media. They made it all *look* really, really good.

standard.net/news/business/…
Biodiesel is not *quite* fully profitable yet, but we need to grow the infrastructure, so there’s a federal $1/gal tax credit for biofuel producers.
We’ve got a couple cult members who think Bleeding the Beast (aka tax fraud & evasion) is a religious duty.
deseretnews.com/article/900029…
There’s a good chance WRE can’t produce anywhere near the capacity they claim. They may not be producing ANY B99 at all.

But there were tax credits!

The Kingstons bought biodiesel from others, claimed it as their own, filed for the credits.

kutv.com/news/local/ins…
$511 Million worth of tax credits.
They’d loop those same gallons through shells 5-6 times, claiming the credit every time. It’s an amazing scam.
The Kingstons claim total innocence. It’s a conspiracy.

Mom & a wife are up on forgery charges, too.

sltrib.com/news/2019/01/2…
They will moan & whine about their honesty, just trying to make a better fuel, and didn’t mean harm!
One claims to have cancer but no actual diagnosis because he don’t go to doctors. Thus we should let him out.
And he’ll run quick like a bunny to Turkey, where he stashed $950M.
That’s where this gets complicated.

The Kingstons launder via loans. Some of the tax credit scam money got loaned to a Russian/SoCal real estate investor & fuel company guy named Lev Aslan Dermen (AKA Levon Termendzhyan. I’ll call him Lev.)

sltrib.com/news/politics/…
Jacob & Lev have been in bed as SBK Holdings USA since 2013 when they established it. SBK Holdings is associated with SBK Holding in Turkey, run by Sezgin Baran Korkmaz, and it’s mostly Russian energy sector money.

Awkward, what with sanctions and all. (HT Louise Neufeld)
(The Turkish SBK Holding is not apparently associated with the UAE SBK Holdings, which is primarily the personal property of the Sultan bin Kafayiah, though that SBK also appears to have significant shenanigans... and theft... to their credit. And also a Real Estate laundry.)
Korkmaz is besties and biz-besties with Ekim Alptekin... who hired Michael Flynn to be the lobbyist for Turkey.
propublica.org/article/robert…

The energy sector is a small town, but a small town that includes a tightly integrated vertical money laundering operation run by polygamists?
I don’t think this was coincidence at all. The money laundry had mob ties in the 80s, when they were providing coin op machines.
(Note: Rocky Mountain News was excellent journalism. This is a reprint of their work.)
culteducation.com/group/1099-pol…
The Kingstons with checkbooks (which is only the upper 1%) all maxed out their political donations to the Utah GOP & Utah GOP candidates for years.
Maxing in a single donation almost always means there’s more money going to SuperPACs, bundles & dark funds.
Also, likely state governors, Attorney Generals & local officials. Utah’s state campaign finance is ... not transparent enough. But this is pretty obvious.

Getting away with this for decades requires getting the regulators to look away. Campaign cash is an easy distraction.
Now, in 2017, Lev’s former partner & legal counsel for *SBK Holdings USA* said Lev had been indicted for money laundering & tax evasion & stolen petroleum. /shocked face... but it gets even more interesting, because Lev’s got another legal case on his ass.
therealdeal.com/la/2017/10/05/…
Last spring, an ICE agent was convicted of 1 count of human trafficking, specifically smuggling a Mexican national into the US.

The person he smuggled gave evidence against the ICE agent, who in turn gave evidence on the guy bribing him to smuggle people.
justice.gov/usao-cdca/pr/f…
The Confidential Source was a petroleum industry worker who had blown his green card due to felony convictions.

Somehow I doubt this was the first time the ICE agent bent rules. Because...
Here’s a thing Lev does. Sponsors events.
See how SBK/Noil Energy (both are Lev) sponsored this lovely event for Hispanic Cops.

This is the politest possible form of bribery.

hapcoa.org/templates/file…
(WRE and the Kingstons do it, too — they’ve been all over Salt Lake City cultural & charity events for the past 5 years. Until this little arrest problem...)
And also, there are planes. Specifically, a low cost Turkish regional airline, Borajet. Which is apparently where at least some of the $950M that the Kingstons are supposed to have in Turkey went. And also more than a couple private jets.
law360.com/articles/10977…
This matters, because ~7 years ago, before the Iran deal, there was a sudden and dramatic increase in the amount of gold going into Dubai from Turkey. Reuters noticed it. There was even a Gold Bank, backed by the UAE sultan (the OTHER SBK). Which failed.
reuters.com/article/us-emi…
The minority shareholders noticed an irregularity, then suddenly the majority holders were unavailable, and the gold (and the investments) all went... somewhere. (But the majority shareholders were the Sheikh? Shh.)

telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews…
But there was still a lot of gold moving from Turkey to Dubai...
And then where?

Iran is a good possibility.

But from Dubai? In 2012-2015? It could be anyone in the region, including Russia and Ukraine.
Remember the Kingstons’ known businesses? They mostly mine coal, but they have gold claims.

(The Wasatch Range aren’t really gold/silver mountains, but there’s some.)

And they have pawnshops. And retail gold storefronts.
That anarcho-capitalist strain in Mormondom means that there are a lot of gold-bugs in the intermountain west.

Less jewelry (immodest for women; Mormon men don’t wear much more than a wedding ring and a tie clip) and coins (government) than ingots.
But there is a lot of gold in the area, and it comes into pawn shops.

The Kingstons have sufficient cash to buy from other pawn brokers.

Because the retail end of any money laundry requires B2B cash exchanges.
It’s not something anyone mentions PawnStarsWars reality shows, but pawn shops have cash flow issues, too. They don’t tend to borrow from local competitors, but it’s completely reasonable for Denver to network with Santa Fe and Salt Lake City.
This is just... basic business.

If everyone in the industry knows that there’s the one guy in SLC who will always buy gold (though at a discount), that knowledge will get used, and when Santa Fe has an excess of second thought engagement rings, SLC will buy.
SLC doesn’t have labor costs, so breaking down jewelry into stones and metals is also No Big Deal.

Kingstons have just enough metals mining production - at least on paper - to justify a small smelter. They can crank out ingots as long as they can recycle.
Then it’s just a matter of getting the gold and the stones out of the country. Minor logistics.
Sell the junk stones on eBay.
Put the good stuff in a bag, in a big Suburban full of kids.
Take the kids to the beach, hand off the bag.
It’s on a private jet leaving Orange County.
The one laundry service the Kingstons provide that almost no other crime family has?

Ostentatious white Americanness.

Their daughters are usually petite blondes who don’t look out of place buying Las Vegas Prada Hermès or Leboutin. Even for cash.

Shopping is ALSO laundry.
Kingston men look like respectable Mormon men. They wear polos & dockers, and the occasional good but not excessive suit. They’re not flashy.
They’re sober, they don’t even swear.

Hell, they don’t even speed, even when they’re driving a Bugatti.
It’s their camouflage. It’s how they’ve gotten away with not paying taxes for decades, and with abusing their children, and incest, and not paying their own family.

It’s why nobody questioned that a single biodiesel site was outperforming everyone else in the country.
At least, not often enough. This time? The upper part of the family is likely going to federal prison for a long time.

They’ve lost most of their Congressional protection: Love is gone, Chaffetz is gone, Hatch is gone.

Mitt doesn’t need them - he’s got his own scams.
I doubt Jacob & Isaiah & Sally & Rachel will trust the second string members of the family with the account codes and passphrases, at least not while they think they can play innocent. After conviction? Well...

There’s gonna be a lot of civil asset forfeiture & restitutions.
And just as Gold Bank suddenly lost the deposits of its minority shareholders, I think there’s a good chance that anyone in Turkey or UAE or Cyprus will have no idea about Kingston family money.

Never heard of it.
Weren’t they on a reality show?
Who?
No idea.
While Warren Jeffs went to prison for rape & sexual assault, what’s keeping him there, and many of the other upper FLDS, are the financial crimes - stealing from the school district, child labor, real estate fraud.

That will break the Kingstons, too.

/end
I write fiction; my interest in money laundering comes from writing about civil wars and rebuilding a nation out of corruption.

And my stuff is far more plausible, even with magic.
Please read my books!
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