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ICO calls for views on application for powers under Proceeds of Crime Act

Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham invites views on her office being granted access to investigation and other associated powers under the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) 2002. Personal data has a monetary value and is increasingly being recognised and treated as a commodity...
Posted On 08 Nov 2019
Swindon Magistrates Court
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Guilty plea for unlicensed security boss who claimed business was “just a hobby”

A Swindon man who claimed that his security business was “just a hobby” has pleaded guilty to working without a licence. James Barnett, the director of Gold Shield Group Ltd and its three subsidiaries, made the admission at Swindon Magistrates’ Court on Thursday 17 October....
Posted On 22 Oct 2019
Antrim Crown Court
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Former security company boss ordered to pay £70,000 from proceeds of crime

On Friday 18 October, a former security company boss was ordered to pay £70,800 from the proceeds of crime by the presiding Judge at Antrim Crown Court. Steven Nixon of Portadown recently served a four-month prison service for ignoring a community service order following a...
Posted On 22 Oct 2019
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Jailed managers ordered to pay back £560,000 to NHS in wake of procurement fraud

Three managers (one NHS employee and two contractors) who were imprisoned last year for fraud and are still behind bars have been ordered by the courts to pay back over £560,000 to the NHS. This follows a financial investigation by the NHS Counter Fraud Service (NHS CFS) Wales...
Posted On 02 Oct 2019
Nicola Sharp
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EU’s Fifth Anti-Money Laundering Directive: What It Means for Businesses

Nicola Sharp outlines the main points of the European Union’s (EU) Fifth Anti-Money Laundering Directive and emphasises how important it is that those organisations operating in the business sector comply with its content. Friday 10 January 2020 is a date that the business...
Posted On 02 Oct 2019
Neil Williams
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Increased Sentences for Money Laundering: The One Figure That Stands Out

The increasing average length of sentences given to convicted money launderers in the UK over the past decade makes a strong enough story in itself, but looking beyond this may help us learn more about how this increasingly high-profile crime is being tackled by the authorities....
Posted On 23 Sep 2019
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Drug smuggling Liverpool hauliers ordered to pay back more than £312,000

Two men from Liverpool who used their haulage firm as a front for heroin trafficking have been told to pay back £312,232.37 in criminal profits. Kevin Noble, 61, and Kevin Aitchison, 45, were jailed for 15 and eight years respectively in April last year following a National Crime...
Posted On 29 Aug 2019
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Criminals to face fresh crackdown in Government’s fight against dirty money

The Economic Crime Plan draws together actions designed to overhaul the Government’s approach to tackling economic crime, with greater partnering between itself, the law enforcement community and the private sector. Criminals will have “nowhere left to hide their...
Posted On 15 Jul 2019
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Convicted Portadown security company owner jailed for breaching probation

On Thursday 20 June, Steven Nixon (47) of Portadown – the owner of Eventsafe Security – was imprisoned for four months. Nixon ignored his 100 hours of community service order which was part of the sentence handed down to him at Antrim Crown Court on 12 December last...
Posted On 26 Jun 2019
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Convicted Wiltshire security boss must pay £84,000 as proceeds of crime or face two-year jail term

A Wiltshire security firm boss has had assets of over £80,000 confiscated after being convicted of providing unlicensed security officers to a school over a period of 12 years. Steven Renouf, the former owner of Taghna Security Services, has 28 days to comply with the Proceeds of...
Posted On 01 Mar 2019
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