In the episode Kafkaesque (S03E09), Saul advises Jesse to buy the spa/salon to help him launder money.

The idea can probably work, but Jesse will still have to explain how he bought a spa that cost a few hundred thousand dollars, just after buying a $400k house.

Wouldn't the IRS find this situation suspicious, especially if Jesse's legit job cover is just a laundromat job?

  • Related - movies.stackexchange.com/questions/93532/…
    – Paulie_D
    Oct 7, 2019 at 10:12
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    One might wonder how buying a $400k house in cash wouldn't trigger those same flags
    – Kai Qing
    Oct 9, 2019 at 0:09
  • @KaiQing IANA but it seems normal in US to walk around with bags of cash and buy cars, houses... Oct 9, 2019 at 5:30
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    Sadly, i think this is simply expected to be explained away by Saul doing some legal magic to make it all look legitimate. Oct 11, 2019 at 15:44

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Jesse "purchased" his house through Saul, who very likely used a shell company to do so. Saul is known to use tactics such as this for personal use in his many schemes for example he requests payments to a company called Ice Station Zebra as to not directly associate himself with them. So while Jesse is living in that house it is unlikely he used his own name on the title. In the case of the Spa that tactic may have been used again, or he very well may have been able to get a small business loan for the down payment, which for most people is possible and avoids suspicion.

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