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Money Laundering: Prosecutions

Question for HM Treasury

UIN 105288, tabled on 14 September 2017

To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many successful prosecutions there have been for offences under the Money Laundering Regulations 2007 in each year from 2010.

Answered on

9 October 2017

Since 2010, 9705 people in England and Wales have been successfully convicted for money laundering offences – most of these are under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 which provides for various money laundering offences, including where an individual knows or suspects they may be facilitating money laundering or seeks to conceal criminal property. The Money Laundering Regulations 2007 (MLRs) focus on ensuring regulated businesses put in place controls to guard against money laundering or terrorist finance. Supervisors are appointed by the Treasury to monitor compliance with these regulations and primarily use a range of supervisory tools to promote compliance, including warning notices, action plans, financial penalties or withdrawal of the right to practice. The vast majority of breaches of the MLRs are remedied or penalised using these supervisory tools. Since 2010, 10 people have been successfully convicted for breaching the Regulations.

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