Money Laundering defence lawyers

Money Laundering is the washing through or disguising of money raised through illegal activities, to make it seem to be legitimate income. It is important you contact a money laundering lawyer at Graham Walker Solicitors if accused of this crime.

Money Laundering FAQ

A: Money laundering is the process of disguising the origins of money raised from illegal operations. A classic example seen in tv and films is of a drug kingpin buying a business, for example, a pizzeria and pretending they have been making thousands of sales so they can funnel drug money through this legitimate business.
A: This depends on a number of factors, mostly the amount of money laundered. A guilty offender can face up to 14 years imprisonment.

Key legislation

The Money Laundering Regulations 2007, coupled with the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 is to impose obligations on businesses and individuals concerning their obligations with regards to Money Laundering. 

Penalties for ‘washing’ money

The penalties for such a crime can be very severe and include imprisonment and large fines.  The authorities may eventually seize your assets. As such, it is important to contact a money laundering lawyer without delay if you have been accused.

Sentencing takes into account the culpability of the defendant. For example, high culpability might be demonstrated by the defendant playing an active leading role as part of a group. On the other hand, medium culpability would mean the defendant played a significant role in a group laundering money. Finally, lesser culpability may be demonstrated by a defendant being involved through coercion. 

The Courts also take into account the harm caused. This is measured by the amount of money laundered. Ranging from Category 6: less than £10,000 to Category 1: more than £10 million.

Who can be found guilty?

You don’t have to be involved with organised crime to launder money. Many businesses in the regulated sector, such as credit institutions, casinos, art markets, cryptocurrency exchange have been found guilty. As such, these businesses and many more are required to establish many protocols to ensure they are not laundering money. If you operate in the regulated sector, you are required to undertake customer due diligence (CDD).

What is customer due diligence?

Customer Due Diligence or CDD is the process the regulated industry uses to identify their customers. This is important as it helps to ensure the money used in business dealings does not have criminal origins.

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