Amber alert on criminal activity through artwork storage issued by NCA

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The National Crime Agency (NCA) has issued an amber alert on Financial Sanctions Evasion, Money Laundering & Cultural Property Trafficking Through the Art Storage Sector.

The alert provides information for firms on:

  • Art storage facilities and specialist services;
  • Key indicators and useful questions;
  • Case Studies on the involvement of bonded art storage facilities and unquestioned long-term storage in sanctions circumvention;
  • Sanctions evasion, money laundering, and property trafficking offences; and
  • Reporting obligations and mechanisms.

Firms should review the NCA notice and make any appropriate enhancements to their processes and procedures in complying with their sanction compliance requirements.

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