UK Bill to Help Seize Crypto in Criminal Cases Gets Lords’ Approval

Tuesday, 04/07/2023 | 21:06 GMT by Solomon Oladipupo
  • Lawmakers previously added provisions related to terrorist activity.
  • UK government recently introduced an 'economic crime levy'.
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A new bill that seeks to empower agencies in the United Kingdom to seize and freeze cryptocurrency in money laundering cases has received the approval of the Parliament’s upper chamber. The Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Bill, which was first introduced in September last year, entered one of the final stages towards becoming law today (Tuesday) after it was passed by the House of Lords.

Crypto Crime Bill Gets the Lords' Blessing

Progress with the bill comes days after King Charles III, the UK’s constitutional monarch, signed into law the Financial Services and Markets Act 2023. The Act includes provisions to regulate cryptocurrencies and stablecoins. It also includes provisions to monitor crypto promotions, which the Financial Conduct Authority plans to start enforcing by October 8, 2023.

Meanwhile, the passage of the new bill by the UK’s upper chamber means that there are only a few more steps for it to become law: a successful review by the lower chamber; the House of Commons, agreement on subsequent changes by both chambers; and approval by King Charles III.

Over the past few months, UK lawmakers introduced several provisions to the bill. In November, they added provisions to enable public authorities to seize digital assets linked to terrorist activity and to take control of properties that can help identify cryptocurrencies linked to a crime.

“The Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Bill will strengthen the UK’s reputation as a place where legitimate businesses can thrive while driving dirty money out of the UK,” the government noted in a statement released in September. “Through the reforms, anyone who registers a company in the UK will need to verify their identity, tackling the use of companies as a front for crime or foreign kleptocrats.”

Graeme Biggar, the Director General of the National Crime Agency, noted that reforms of the bill will bring will help the agency crackdown on domestic and international criminals who have for years “laundered the proceeds of their crime and corruption by abusing UK company structures, and are increasingly using cryptocurrencies.”

Earlier, the UK government introduced an 'economic crime levy' to fund its fight against financial crime and boost anti-money laundering activities. Forex and contracts for difference brokers, cryptocurrency exchanges and digital asset wallet providers, are among the list of companies required to pay the levy, Finance Magnates reported.

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A new bill that seeks to empower agencies in the United Kingdom to seize and freeze cryptocurrency in money laundering cases has received the approval of the Parliament’s upper chamber. The Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Bill, which was first introduced in September last year, entered one of the final stages towards becoming law today (Tuesday) after it was passed by the House of Lords.

Crypto Crime Bill Gets the Lords' Blessing

Progress with the bill comes days after King Charles III, the UK’s constitutional monarch, signed into law the Financial Services and Markets Act 2023. The Act includes provisions to regulate cryptocurrencies and stablecoins. It also includes provisions to monitor crypto promotions, which the Financial Conduct Authority plans to start enforcing by October 8, 2023.

Meanwhile, the passage of the new bill by the UK’s upper chamber means that there are only a few more steps for it to become law: a successful review by the lower chamber; the House of Commons, agreement on subsequent changes by both chambers; and approval by King Charles III.

Over the past few months, UK lawmakers introduced several provisions to the bill. In November, they added provisions to enable public authorities to seize digital assets linked to terrorist activity and to take control of properties that can help identify cryptocurrencies linked to a crime.

“The Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Bill will strengthen the UK’s reputation as a place where legitimate businesses can thrive while driving dirty money out of the UK,” the government noted in a statement released in September. “Through the reforms, anyone who registers a company in the UK will need to verify their identity, tackling the use of companies as a front for crime or foreign kleptocrats.”

Graeme Biggar, the Director General of the National Crime Agency, noted that reforms of the bill will bring will help the agency crackdown on domestic and international criminals who have for years “laundered the proceeds of their crime and corruption by abusing UK company structures, and are increasingly using cryptocurrencies.”

Earlier, the UK government introduced an 'economic crime levy' to fund its fight against financial crime and boost anti-money laundering activities. Forex and contracts for difference brokers, cryptocurrency exchanges and digital asset wallet providers, are among the list of companies required to pay the levy, Finance Magnates reported.

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Solomon Oladipupo is a journalist and editor from Nigeria that covers the tech, FX, fintech and cryptocurrency industries. He is a former assistant editor at AgroNigeria Magazine where he covered the agribusiness industry. Solomon holds a first-class degree in Journalism & Mass Communication from the University of Lagos where he graduated top of his class.
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