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Tackling money laundering in West Lothian

West Lothian Council has adopted a strong new Anti-Money Laundering Policy to address the issue.

13 September
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The council has a policy of zero tolerance to all aspects of fraud and corruption, and is fully committed to upholding the highest standards of conduct and ethics in all areas of its work.

Money-laundering is defined as the process of taking the proceeds of criminal activity or terrorist funds and making them appear legal, and is an offence under the Terrorism Act 2000.

However as a large, multi-service provider employing many staff, the council is aware that opportunities exist for both small- and large-scale money-laundering activities to take place. 

The new policy approved by Council Executive aims to ensure that suspected money laundering is effectively identified, investigated and reported, in compliance with all statutory and regulatory requirements in relation to money laundering.

Leader of the Council Lawrence Fitzpatrick said: "The council has an obligation to tackle issues like money laundering and fraud, and this policy provides the formal platform we need to address criminal activity like this.

"It includes the appointment of a Money Laundering Reporting Officer, to ensure referrals from employees, elected members and third parties of suspected money laundering activity are properly investigated and where appropriate are reported to the relevant authorities." 

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