MET detectives seized cryptocurrency worth £180 mn in the U.K.
By Joy Dumasia
MET detectives have made the U.K.’s most massive cryptocurrency seizure worth nearly £180million. Superseding the previous record where the MET confiscated £114 million worth of cryptocurrency, setting a record for a cryptocurrency seizure in Britain.
The MET Police says a 39-year-old woman, arrested on suspicion of money laundering in the June raid, has been interviewed over the new seizure. She has since been bailed. The MET didn’t specify the type of cryptocurrency that had been confiscated nor how it was seized.
As cryptocurrencies are mainly anonymous, convenient and global, some of the world’s most prominent criminal groups have bet big on them as a way to launder money and stay one step ahead of the police, tax and security forces.
The Metropolitan Police, the force that oversees the Greater London region, stated that it was the largest amount of cryptocurrency ever seized by police in the U.K. Adding it was also believed to be one of the largest ever seizures of cryptocurrency globally.
Deputy Assistant Commissioner Graham McNulty said: “Proceeds of crime are laundered in many different ways. While cash still remains king in the criminal world, as digital platforms develop, we’re increasingly seeing organised criminals using cryptocurrency to launder their dirty money. Whilst some years ago this was fairly unchartered territory, we now have highly trained officers and specialist units working hard in this space to remain one step ahead of those using it for illicit gain.”
Recently, IBS Intelligence reported that detectives investigating money laundering in the U.K. seized £114 million (US$158.8 million) in cryptocurrency, the largest seizure of crypto ever in the U.K. and one of the largest in the world.
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