Helping local authorities recover money obtained through crime by use of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.
What do we do?
Our Financial Investigations team are Accredited Financial Investigators (accredited under the Proceeds of Crime Act and regulated by the National Crime Agency), trained in undertaking money laundering and confiscation investigations under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002. We are able to identify and restrain assets for the purpose of confiscation.
The Home Office has incentivised financial investigation and a proportion of confiscated monies are returned to law enforcement agencies to enable investment in local crime fighting priorities. Financial investigation can also be used to ensure victims are identified and compensated.
We have over nine years’ experience of POCA work and over 15 years’ fraud investigation experience, particularly with local authorities.
Our experience with local authorities gives us an in-depth understanding of local authority structure and processes, giving us the ability to support and enhance criminal enquiries or undertake the investigation in its entirety depending on resources.
We strive to provide a high level of customer service, keeping you informed throughout the process and ensuring the best possible and cost effective outcome.
Benefits of working with us:
When should you get in touch?
…as soon as possible!
A financial investigation can commence at any point prior to sentence. Clearly the sooner we get involved the more time we will have to undertake a thorough investigation. Some financial enquiries can be complex and we want to undertake the best investigation we can. Don’t worry if it is late in the day, as long as the defendant has not yet been sentenced, we can help.
If you have a case that you think could be suitable for a financial investigation, contact us – you may be surprised to find out how much we can help.
The Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (POCA)
One in seven of us knows someone who is living off the proceeds of crime. Persistent offenders see the fines and sentences passed down by the courts as an occupational hazard.
Many crimes are financially motivated and the rewards to the criminal can be high. The aim of POCA is to remove from criminals the profits from their crimes and disrupt and deter criminality.
Asset recovery should be seen by prosecuting bodies as an everyday tool in the disruption of crime. POCA can be used for purposes much wider than those traditionally considered and applied in all cases involving acquisitive offending.
What else can we assist with?
Other areas of offending that would be suitable for a financial investigation include:
Unregistered/unapproved food establishments, food fraud, unlicensed animal boarding/breeding establishments, waste management and so on
Council Tax Reduction, Social Care/Direct Care payments, grants, procurement/tendering, social housing, Right-to-Buy, employee, rogue landlords, unlicensed HMOs and so on
Counterfeiting, illicit tobacco, rogue trader, doorstep crime, food fraud
And lots more
Our investigators are also PINS trained fraud investigators and can offer fraud investigation where required, for example due to a lack of resources or expertise.