Category: SOCA – Latest News

Landmark decision in Shah v HSBC Private Bank brings welcome relief for firms

After four and half years, six reported decisions, three trips to the Court of Appeal and 27 days of trial, the High Court of Justice has today dismissed in its entirety Mr Shah and his wife’s claim for over US$300m against HSBC Private Bank (UK) Limited. This is a landmark decision that confirms a bank’s

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22 April 2010 SOCA announce one of six most wanted arrested in Amsterdam

The new Dutch Crimestoppers operation saw the arrest of its first target yesterday.

James Vincent Muldoon, 30, of Liverpool, absconded from his trial for armed robbery in 2007 and was sentenced in his absence to 13 years in prison.

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10.11.09 SOCA publish The UK threat assessment of Organised Crime

SOCA publish The UK threat assessment of Organised Crime

The UK threat assessment of Organised Crime has been published on the Serious Organised Crime ( SOCA) website

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31.07.09 Serious organised crime review published

The Government’s new strategy for tackling serious organised crime, entitled Extending Our Reach: A Comprehensive Approach to Tackling Serious Organised Crime, has been published.

The strategy endorses many of SOCA’s current ways of working, including by seeking to cement a collaborative approach and to embrace wide-ranging tactics.

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23.07.09 SOCA – Belfast Anti-Money Laundering Conference

Businesses in Northern Ireland are invited to a free one day conference on Tuesday 22 September 2009 to learn how to safeguard themselves against serious organised crime and money laundering.

The event, organised by the Asset Recovery Working Group ‘Payback’ Team, and hosted by the Organised Crime Task Force (OCTF) and SOCA’s UK Financial Intelligence Unit (UKFIU) is aimed at small and medium sized businesses in Northern Ireland who are covered by the Money Laundering Regulations 2007.

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An Afghan criminal who boasted he was Europe’s biggest people smuggler has been jailed for 9 years for smuggling illegal immigrants into the UK.

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3 June 2009 36 million spliffs incinerated as international crime gang is convicted

Over 12.5 tonnes of cannabis resin – enough to produce 36 million spliffs – has been incinerated after an investigation by the Serious Organised Crime Agency.

The drugs seizure, from the tug boat ‘Abbira’ which had docked at Southampton, represents one of the largest seizures of cannabis resin in the UK. It was destroyed in a specialist incinerator and needed 6 separate burnings to cope with the volume.

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08.04.09 Liverpool drug gang hit with £140,000 Proceeds of Crime action by Serious and Organised Crime Agency

A LIVERPOOL gang behind a massive Scottish drugs farm was stripped of thousands of pounds. John Fitzgibbon, 60, and Michael Fairhurst, 44, ran the sophisticated cannabis operation for more than two years. The Serious and Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) raided the farm on the north-east coast of Scotland in the spring of 2007. Officers took the pair and a third man, Richard Ford, 60, to Liverpool crown court to claw back as much money as possible using the Proceeds of Crime Act. The three were stripped of a total of almost £140,000 during the two-day hearing.

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31.03.09 SOCA Issues Warning To Drug Traffickers

The Serious Organised Crime Agency is warning drug traffickers they will face a long time behind bars if they attempt to import drugs into the United Kingdom.

Tobagonians Owen Alfred and Oswin Moore were jailed for 18 and 15 years respectively in London today for their roles in a cocaine trafficking conspiracy. Ten other members of the organised crime gang, which has been completely dismantled by SOCA, were previously sentenced to a total of 144 years.

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12 March 2009 SOCA ‘Payback’ Conference a success

The payback conference at the National Motorbike Museum, Birmingham was well attended and was generally appreciated by all attendees. Most sectors had a presence of their supervisory bodies. HMRC gave a presentation on risk assessment as well as having advisors on hand to answer queries.

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