Specified Unlawful Activity. A legal term used in the U.S. money laundering laws (See MLCA) that refers to crimes that generate money or profits and whose proceeds can trigger money laundering charges under these laws. Currently, there are approximately 200 SUAs that can serve as a predicate offence for a money laundering prosecution. SUAs include several sanctions violations (e.g  criminal violations in Title 50 (IEEPA)).The list of SUAs is set out in Title 18, Section 1956 of the United States Code.

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