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FCA on Cryptoasset AML/CTF regime: feedback on good and poor quality applications

The FCA published detailed feedback for crypto firms on good and poor quality applications under its AML/CTF regime for crypto. This feedback should help applicants when they prepare their application for registration and help make...
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FCA commences criminal proceedings for insider dealing and money laundering

The FCA has commenced criminal proceedings against five individuals, alleging that they conspired to commit offences of insider dealing between December 2019 and March 2021. In addition to insider dealing, the five individuals are charged with money laundering offences...
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UK Govt confirms ‘Failure to prevent Fraud’ offence to be added to new UK Economic Crime Bill

The UK Government confirms 'Failure to prevent Fraud' offence will be added to new UK Economic Crime Bill. The measure will aim principally at professionals such as lawyers, accountants and other intermediaries that do not have reasonable measures in place...
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NCA publishes the Suspicious Activity Report (SARs) Annual Report 2022

The report shows another record set in the last financial year with 901,255 SARs received and processed - a 21% increase on the previous year. £305.7M denied to suspected criminals as a result of Defence Against Money Laundering (DAML) requests – a 120.6% increase...
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Home Office announces crackdown against organised criminal gangs

The Police will adopt new 'Clear, Hold, Build' tactic, as Home Secretary launches Consultation on new offences to frustrate criminal enterprises. The Consultation will also look at strengthening serious crime prevention orders to make it easier for police and other law...
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HM Treasury releases Supervision Report 2020-22 on AML/CFT

The report fulfils the Treasury’s obligation under the MLRs to ask all designated AML/CTF supervisors to provide information on their supervisory activity and publish a consolidated review of this information. The Treasury appoints supervisors...
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NCA publishes SARs in Action – Issue 18

The NCA highlights the usefulness of SARs and how they contribute in the fight against different types of serious and organised crime. It covers information and guidance for anyone submitting a SAR relating to individuals who are vulnerable or where welfare concerns are...
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UK Parliament approves section 339A(7) of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002(1)

The Proceeds of Crime Order increased the threshold amount from £250 to £1,000 as specified in section 339A of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (c. 29) (“POCA”). The threshold amount is the value of criminal property below which a bank or similar firm...
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FCA publishes Consultation paper 22/26

The paper proposes to make consequential changes to: Chapter 19 of the Enforcement Guide which reflect the ML and TF (Amendment) (No. 2) Reg 2022, Training and Competence sourcebook, remove all derivative products referencing USD LIBOR...
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MONEYVAL follow-up report on the Isle of Man

Isle of Man has made progress in addressing the TC deficiencies identified in its 5th Round MER, the country has not made sufficient progress to be re-rated. Steps have been taken to improve compliance with R.23, but gaps remain...
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NCA secures £50m identified by Barclays as the proceeds of crime

The NCA has obtained a ruling from the High Court that allows Barclays to hand over criminal funds to the NCA in a first-of-its-kind civil recovery case. The money amounting to over £50m was identified by the bank in a number of accounts and transferred...
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FCA forms group to develop ESG Code of Conduct

The FCA announced that it is introducing regulatory oversight of certain ESG data and ratings providers in the form of a voluntary Code of Conduct. These include transparency, good governance, management of conflicts of interest, and systems and controls...
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