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Kansas City's Pitch Weekly reporter David Martin pokes holes in claims made by entrepreneur John FLowers, who got $500,000 in venture capital support from Kansas state's Kansas Technology Enterprise Corporation.
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Freedman delves into the world of "hawala," an informal and often untraceable method of transferring money from the U.S. and throughout the Middle East. The U.S. government contends that in addition to operating as a way to transfer legal funds from one family member to another, the hawala system has also been used to launder money from illegal trafficking in humans and drugs and to get money to terrorists. As of the publication date of this article, federal law enforcement agencies have not succeeded in prosecuting any high profile cases, nor any cases involving terrorist groups.