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Tackling financial crime 'top priority' for Home Affairs

Government must report by January

Combating financial crime is now the Department of Home Affairs' 'top priority', according to bosses.

A report by Europe's MONEYVAL agency this year condemned the Island's approach to the problem, chiefly for its low conviction rate for fraud offences.

The Manx government must report back to MONEYVAL by January 2018.

In the meantime, Home Affairs Minister Bill Malarkey says a new Financial Crime Unit headquarters in Tromode, funded by seized assets, has yielded positive results and freed up police time.

Giving an update to a Tynwald committee this week, he highlighted several ongoing cases - but refused to share details of the amounts of cash involved.

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