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Over 1500 money mules identified in worldwide money laundering sting

Working together with Europol, Eurojust and the European Banking Federation (EBF), police forces from over 20 States arrested 168 people (so far) as part of a coordinated money laundering crackdown, the European Money Mule Action (EMMA). This international swoop, the fourth of its kind, was intended to tackle the issue of ‘money mules’, who help criminals launder millions of euros worth of dirty money.

Acting Detective Inspector Paul Curtis of the City of London Police’s Financial Investigations Unit said:
 “People are being exploited by criminals who use them as money mules to launder money through their accounts. As the national lead force for fraud, we are at the forefront of protecting the public from such threats, having recently obtained account freezing orders for a number of bank accounts linked to money mules.

“In order to prevent and pursue these crimes, it is essential that intelligence data is collated and shared between law enforcement organisations. Our partnership working with the National Crime Agency and Europol ensures that we have a united response.”

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