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Government announces delay to its plans for corroboration

The Scottish Government has announced a delay in its plans to abolish the requirement for corroboration in criminal cases.

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New criminal offence for tax evaders

Plans to introduce a new strict liability criminal offence for individuals who hide their money offshore are to be published for consultation by the Government.

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Rise in incidence of employee fraud

Cases of fraud committed inside an organisation by its employees rose by 18% in 2013 compared with 2012, according to the latest report from CIFAS – the UK's Fraud Prevention Service.

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Identity crime makes up large proportion of frauds

New data from CIFAS reveals that six out of every ten frauds recorded on its database in 2013 were dependent on the abuse of identity details.

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Company fined for anti-bribery and corruption systems failings

Earlier this month, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) fined Besso Limited £315,000 for a failure to take reasonable care to establish and maintain effective systems and controls for countering the risks of bribery and corruption.

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European Investigation Order directive

In a move aimed at improving judicial cooperation in the EU so that investigations can proceed more quickly and efficiently, the Council has now adopted a directive regarding the European Investigation Order (EIO) in criminal matters.

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Economic crime against financial firms increases

Economic crime against financial services organisations continues to rise around the world, according to recent research by PwC. The advisory firm’s 2014 Global Economic Crime Survey reveals that 45% of financial services respondents say they have been victims of economic crime.

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London money launderer jailed

In an interesting money laundering case from England, a man has been found guilty of laundering the proceeds from a £5.3 million alcohol smuggling plot and jailed for five and a half years.

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Europe proposes new rules on money laundering

The ultimate owners of companies and trusts would have to be listed in public registers in EU countries, under updated draft anti-money laundering rules approved by a specialist committee of the European Parliament last week.

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Dramatic increase in trafficking of British children

A dramatic increase in the number of British-born children being trafficked for sexual abuse has been revealed in figures released recently by the National Crime Agency (NCA), the Guardian reported this week.

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Banks unhappy with anti money laundering systems

Bank boardroom focus on money laundering is at an all-time high, according to data released recently by accountancy firm, KPMG.

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Financial market manipulators may face at least four years in jail

The European Parliament has approved draft rules which would require judges to sentence offenders guilty of serious financial offences to at least four years in jail.

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Report reveals increase in money laundering

There has been a sharp rise in the incidence of money laundering in the UK, according to new research from BDO LLP, the accountancy and business advisory firm.

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Crackdown on VAT fraud continues

HMRC's crackdown on VAT fraud is clearly continuing, with the news that a 59-year-old man from the Aberdeen area has been detained by investigators pursuing a suspected fraud in relation to the VAT Flat Rate Scheme.

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Five convicted of trafficking women

Five members of an organised crime group, which brought young women into the UK from Hungary for prostitution, have been convicted of conspiring to traffic women into the UK for sexual exploitation.

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Nearly 700 tax criminals convicted in 2013

Figures recently released by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) have revealed there were around 700 convictions for tax and benefit fraud during 2013.

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Flagship Bill to tackle modern slavery

Earlier this week the Home Secretary, Theresa May, published a draft Bill designed to tackle modern slavery in England and Wales, the first Bill of its kind in Europe.

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Support for the abolition of requirement for Corroboration.

As the debate on abolishing the requirement for corroboration continues to divide opinion in Scotland, the Solicitor General Lesley Thomson Q.C. has spoken out in favour of the proposal.

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DPP to examine criminal justice approach to human trafficking in England

The issue of human trafficking has recently been under the spotlight in England, with the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) meeting with experts and interested parties to discuss the investigation and prosecution of this offence.

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Crime rates decrease for sixth year in a row

We were interested to read that there has been a fall for the sixth consecutive year in the number of people who had criminal proceedings raised against them, according to recent figures released by Scotland’s Chief Statistician.

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