What Is a Predicate Offense?

A predicate offense is an action that provides the underlying resources for another criminal act, according to The Law Society. In the United States, a predicate offense most frequently applies to actions providing funds for money laundering and financing of terrorism, according to USLegal.

According to USLegal, a predicate offense was initially designed for drug-related crimes. In the case of money laundering, a predicate offense may cover actions used to obtain the initial funds, such as theft, bribery, counterfeiting, illegal betting, forgery and fraud, according to About Business Crime Solutions. Under the Predicate Act, a predicate offence can be used in conjunction with other offenses to produce a more severe sentence, according to USLegal.