Anti-money laundering policy

What is money laundering?

Money laundering is the generic term used to describe the process by which criminals disguise the original ownership and control of the proceeds of criminal conduct by making such proceeds appear to have derived from a legitimate source. In other words, the process of changing 'bad' money into 'good' money in order to hide the fact that the money originated from criminal activity.

Primary offences

The following constitute the act of money laundering:

  • concealing, disguising, converting, transferring criminal property or removing it from the UK (section 327 of the 2002 act)
  • entering into or becoming concerned in an arrangement which you know or suspect facilitates the acquisition, retention, use or control of criminal property by or on behalf of another person (section 328)
  • acquiring, using or possessing criminal property (section 329)

Secondary offences

There are also two secondary offences:

  • failure to disclose any of the primary offences
  • tipping off

Failure to disclose

A council employee commits an offence if they know or have reasonable grounds to suspect that another person is engaged in money laundering and they do not make the required disclosure as soon as is practicable after the information comes to them.

Tipping off

A council employee commits an offence if they inform a person or people who are, or are suspected of being involved in money laundering, in such a way as to reduce the likelihood of it being investigated or prejudicing an investigation.

Whilst the risk to us of contravening the legislation is low, it is extremely important that all employees are familiar with their legal responsibilities: serious criminal sanctions may be imposed for breaches of the legislation. The key requirement on employees is to promptly report any suspected money laundering activity to the money laundering reporting officer (MLRO).