Criminal finance ‘can be beaten by accountants’

Accoutants in
have been told that they have a crucial role to play in making it
impossible to conceal criminal assets.

Paul Goggins, chairman of the
Organised Crime Task Force,
made the statement to CIMA members in Belfast as he revealed that £10.2m had
been seized from criminals since April of this, more than in the whole of 2006.

‘The honest business community has nothing to fear and benefits hugely when
criminals engaging in illegal financial practice are caught,’ said Goggins.
‘Your continued vigilance in playing your part can help re-inforce the clear
message that there is no hinding place for assets obtained through unlawful

Goggins was speaking at a seminar jointly organised with CIMA in Northern
Ireland to raise awareness of organised crime and the work of the taskforce.

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