Have you been charged with a Money Laundering Conspiracy?
If you or somebody close to you has been charged or arrested in connection with a money laundering conspiracy case, you are very likely to be feeling stressed and anxious about what might happen next.
There’s a possibility that the person or people charged did not even have any involvement in the case, but they are being accused of playing a major role. If this is a situation that you’re facing, it’s vital that you get your name cleared and any confusion around this cleared up.
A money laundering conspiracy prosecution can often involve people who have just caught up in the investigation due to them being close to the people involved.
We know that people who are being investigated need support, advice and a competent defence against the investigation.
To provide you with guidance and support about this crime and engaging money laundering conspiracy solicitors, we’ve listed the most commonly asked questions for you with their answers. We aim to make this as easy for you as possible. If you have questions and you cannot find the answers here, you can call us on 0208 888 5225 or use our contact form.
What type of action requires legal help from money laundering conspiracy solicitors?
The term money laundering was first used in New York when the mafia hid their illegal money behind laundromats. They would use these businesses as a front and would overstate the amount of income that they received to clean their money sourced from illicit gains. Due to the nature of the payment system used in the laundromat, which was almost always cash, it was practically impossible for the authorities to prove that the money did not come from the laundromat business.
Here are some examples of crimes that are categorised as something that would require help from money laundering conspiracy solicitors:
Hiding illegally gained financials inside a legal business – for instance, running a restaurant and ploughing the illicitly gained funds into equipment and staff. The restaurant is a front for an illegal activity that is being used to hide the money.
Smuggling cash – for example, carrying a brown suitcase stuffed full of money through airports. Surprisingly this is a practice that has increased as banks have become more regulated over the past few years.
Spending illegally gained funds on gambling – an example of this might be a person purchasing a large number of chips for the purpose of gambling. The chips are kept for a few days and then cashed in, in exchange for a cheque that is ‘clean’..
Buying life insurance policies – this is a lightly regulated financial product that provides a great way to clean money. The money launderer takes out a life insurance policy on himself or a family member. After some time, they cash it in and receive a cheque that will provide them with clean money.
In addition to these examples of money laundering, there are many more. To make the crime a conspiracy, it just takes another party to be in agreement to be involved in it.
If you would like to know more about money laundering conspiracy, and you don’t see your particular situation listed here and you want to know more, contact us for further information.
Without a money laundering conspiracy solicitor, you cannot find out more until the interview
Even if you are arrested, you’re quite unlikely to find out exactly what you’ve done to be in the situation. During your first police interview, you’re likely to discover why you’re being accused or investigated.
In a case such as this, it’s crucial to engage a money laundering conspiracy solicitor before you attend the police interview. The solicitor will be able to gain access to further information about the money laundering conspiracy investigation. In combination with information provided by yourself, a white-collar crime solicitor with experience in money laundering conspiracy cases can use the information to construct a defence for you.
Many people find it frustrating that the police gain permission to look into all areas of your life to obtain evidence. This investigation may include your social media accounts to your bank account to your NHS records in addition to all your contacts and relationships.
An accused person can never prepare enough to be in a police interview. The role of the police is to prove that you’re guilty so that they can gain a conviction.
The police have been trained on how to use the police interview to make you feel uncomfortable. They will often disclose only some of the information they have about your involvement in a crime. The reason being that they want to see if they can get you to trip yourself up in the police interview.
The tactics and strategy used by the police are not designed to provide you with a transparent and pleasant atmosphere during the police interview. It’s all about trying to prove your guilt.
As the interview progresses, the police will disclose small pieces of evidence. They will ask you questions related to those pieces of evidence. When you answer the questions, they will then produce another piece of evidence to contradict what you’ve said.
It’s important to note that you have a right to silence during the interview. This right is a constitutional right that was established in the UK hundreds of years ago. Your lawyer will work with you to provide you with protection in the police interview. You will be guided down the best possible route to take to avoid being prosecuted, in particular, if there is not enough evidence to charge you.
Instruct a legal professional as soon as possible
We recommend that you do not attend any police interview without being supported by a proficient money laundering solicitor.
Police ask very probing questions during an investigation of this nature. You may be shown some of the evidence that police have to prove their case against you. You’re likely to find the interview to be high pressure and even slightly disturbing.
As the interview draws to a close, you may be charged with the offence of money laundering conspiracy.
As one of the largest and prominent fraud defence firms in the UK, our expert money laundering solicitors defend money laundering and conspiracy to commit money laundering offences daily.
Our money laundering solicitors will not only study the evidence but they will also scrutinise it to expel unlawfully obtained evidence, irrelevant evidence, opinion evidence and other evidence which is not automatically admissible in court. We will ensure that the prosecution have presented enough evidence to justify the charges being presented to the court in the first place. We will challenge witnesses and contest the credibility of the presented evidence, whilst building your defence case and collecting evidence to support your side of the story.
Crucially, we are experienced and knowledgeable enough to focus on the important issues in a money laundering conspiracy allegation. The prosecution must show, with tangible evidence, that you were in an ‘agreement’ to launder money. That you knew, suspected or ought reasonably to have suspected that the money represented the proceeds of criminal activity.
Depending on your circumstances and your position in the alleged conspiracy, we will work closely with you to re-build your entire circumstances. We will then demonstrate your lack of knowledge and suspicion using circumstantial evidence and your character or personality traits.
We will work with some of the most talented and brilliant barristers or QCs in the UK to ensure that the possible defence-angle of every other person in the conspiracy is studied, is analysed and is prepared against. In the event that someone decides to give evidence against you or give evidence which damages your defence case, we seek to be prepared and pro-actively challenge the same; rather than rest on the back foot and be unprepared.
In any case, taking early action is pivotal to increasing the chances of success. In such complicated and quite often very pressure filled investigations or prosecutions, you will require specialist advice at every turn.
Depending on the stage of the case you consult us, we will devise a case strategy in line with your short term and long-term objectives. We believe in preparing for the worst and hoping for the best and this philosophy ensures we are highly unlikely to encounter surprises in the prosecution’s case.
Our money laundering solicitors are specialists who defend money laundering allegations daily. We will advise you on important issues concerning the seizure of your assets, the seizure of your cash, restraint orders and the dreaded confiscation proceedings.
Booking a free consultation with our Money Laundering Solicitors
We will offer you a free consultation for you to discuss your case with us. We can act for you at the police station for free and thereafter, we can help assess your financial eligibility for legal aid. Please contact us and ask to speak to our money laundering solicitors in person, online or by telephone. If you prefer, you can WhatsApp us from the link you will find at the bottom banner if you open this page on your mobile phone device.
What will happen when I instruct a fraud lawyer?
We offer a dedicated solicitor, barrister and caseworker to each money laundering conspiracy case. You can expect an outstanding level of customer service throughout. You can be sure that someone will always be available to assist you, and there is more than one legal mind being applied to the issues in your case.
In addition, you can expect us to use only the best mobile phone and mobile device experts. We also call on the only the most experienced and competent financial experts who will study, analyse and evaluate all the evidence that the prosecution has on you and this case.
In any case, we advise anybody in this situation to take very early action. Doing so is proven to increase the chances of success. Some prosecutions are intimidating, complicated and need specialist legal expertise at every crossroads.
We will offer you a free consultation for you to discuss your case with us. We can act for you at the police station for free and after that, we can help assess your financial eligibility for legal aid.
Would you like to discuss your case before instructing us?
If you’d like to have a no obligation chat with us before you instruct us to take your case, then call us today.
Please contact our fraud solicitors to arrange your meeting, whether face to face, online or by telephone. If you prefer, you can also send us a WhatsApp message using the link on this page.
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