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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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Merseyside man jailed for benefit fraud

The law finally caught up with Norman Brennan from Merseyside this week, when he was jailed for three years for benefits fraud, reports Sky News.

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Crackdown on VAT fraud continues

HMRC’s crackdown on VAT fraud continues with the detention of a businessman from Fife in relation to a suspected £500,000 VAT repayment fraud. 

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Couple sentenced for £885,000 fraud

Cardiff couple Mark and Elizabeth Lewis have been sentenced for their parts in a large scale Gift Aid fraud believed to have cost the public revenue £885,000. Mark Lewis was sentenced to four years' imprisonment and his wife Elizabeth Lewis was sentenced to 18 months' imprisonment suspended for two years.

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New analysis of UK bribery prosecutions

An analysis of UK bribery prosecutions has revealed that many of the bribes paid out by UK companies to secure business interests are relatively small when compared with the contract gains that result.

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Legislation to tackle human trafficking

The UK Government has announced new measures in England and Wales to ensure that human traffickers will face the full force of the law, with the maximum sentence for trafficking offences increased to life.

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Parole Board oral hearings challenge succeeds

In an interesting ruling, the Supreme Court has ruled that the Parole Board breached three prisoners’ human rights by failing to offer them oral hearings.

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NCA begins operations

A man from Troon is among eight people arrested throughout the UK by the newly formed National Crime Agency (NCA) on suspicion of identity theft offences, reports the BBC.

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Fall in number of homicides

There was a 32% fall in the number of homicide cases recorded by the police in Scotland in 2012-13, according to new Government figures. These reveal that there were 62 murders over the last year, down from the 93 murders recorded in 2011-12.

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Serious Crime Prevention Orders in Scotland

The Scottish Government has launched a consultation on its proposal to introduce Serious Crime Prevention Orders (SCPO) in Scotland.

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MEPs target organised crime

Earlier this week MEPs approved a European framework aimed at cracking down on organised crime, corruption and money laundering.

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