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What is the exact source of the money?
In the UK, the main legislation dealing with money laundering is the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 which, in summary, states that it is illegal to conceal, arrange, acquire, use or possess criminal property. Criminal property is all forms of property including money which has been obtained as a result of criminal conduct e.g. the proceeds of criminal offences. So, if any of the money being transferred through the UK banking system is from the proceeds of crime the police or National Crime Agency may investigate the matter; any persons in the UK are then liable to prosecution if money laundering offences have been committed and property could be be confiscated. The authorities also have power to freeze bank accounts. And make restraint orders - but again these powers only apply within the UK.