The Institute for Criminal Policy Research (ICPR), Birkbeck, University of London has been funded by The Dawes Trust (an independent charitable trust) to undertake a two-year research study looking at The Facilitation of Organised Fraud by Professional Enablers and Money Launderers. This study is a follow-up to a study we completed in 2016, which examined the nature and extent of organised crime groups involved in fraud. The report from this study has recently been published as a book by Palgrave Macmillan entitled: Organised Crime Groups Involved in Fraud. Our current study notes that despite the growing recognition of the importance of professional enablers (e.g. lawyers, accountants and bankers) and money launderers to organised crime groups, very little is known about how such facilitators are groomed, recruited, retained and rewarded by OCGs. Equally, little is known about the achievements and challenges faced by enforcement agencies and regulatory bodies when tackling the involvement of OCGs in organised fraud.
This study has three main objectives:
To achieve these objectives we will be conducting depth interviews with:
In addition, we will be undertaking an anonymised survey of up to 1,000 regulated industry professionals.
Publication will be by journal article.