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Gambling, AML and SARS
Monday, February 18, 2019, by Lorien Pilling, comments 0

The National Crime Agency, the UK equivalent of the FBI, has issued its annual report. In all, 463,938 Suspicious Activity Reports (SARS) were sent to the agency from the entire UK.  Of those requests 22,619 formed a “defence against money laundering” (DAML). GB£ 52 million was denied to criminals as a result of DAML requests.


During the year bookmakers submitted 872 SARS, down 21% on the previous year. Spread betting companies submitted 742, up 32% on the previous year. From the 872 SARS filed by bookmakers, three (0.3% of the total) were disseminated to NTFIU/CTU on suspect terrorist financing.