On 19 November, the NCA published the latest annual report, saying that the year saw another record number of SAR, receiving and processing 573,085 (a 20% increase on the previous period of 478,437), with an 81% increase in requests for a defence against money laundering or terrorist finance (62,408). Over the year £172 million was denied to suspected criminals as a result of Defence Against Money Laundering (DAML) requests – up 31% on the previous year’s £132million and over 3 times the £52 million denied in 2017/18. The report also includes, for example, details of an additional £56 million that HMRC obtained through matching SAR with other data sets for criminal and civil intervention.
The report is at –
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