Smurfing

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Smurfing

The act of breaking down a transaction into smaller transactions to avoid regulatory requirements or an investigation by the authorities. For example, suppose a jurisdiction requires shareholders to register with regulators if they purchase more than 5% of a company's stock. A shareholder may smurf by having dummy shareholders purchase smaller quantities of stock so that he controls more than the statutory percentage but does not have to register. Smurfing is a crime in many jurisdictions.