If you suspect you have spotted money laundering, it is an offence to ignore it.

To protect yourself you need to make an “authorised disclosure" directly to the National Crime Agency (NCA) formerly SOCA or, if you are not the Money Laundering Reporting Officer (MLRO) of your Practice, you should make the disclosure to your MLRO who will notify the NCA on your behalf.

When you disclose information to the NCA it is done by submitting what is called ‘A Suspicious Activity Report’ (SAR).

Registering with the National Crime Agency

ICB advises members to consider registering with the NCA straight away at www.nationalcrimeagency.gov.uk.  This will enable you to complete all registration details and obtain your registration number to be used when making a submission in the future.  The site contains straightforward instructions on how to register and how to complete a SAR if ever you should need to do so.

The NCA's guide to making SARs

If you have any difficulties with this process please contact the ICB at professional.standards@bookkeepers.org.uk or 0207 856 2567.

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