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Research Handbook on Money Laundering

Research Handbook on Money Laundering

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Edited by Brigitte Unger and Daan van der Linde

Although the practice of disguising the illicit origins of money dates back thousands of years, the concept of money laundering as a multidisciplinary topic with social, economic, political and regulatory implications has only gained prominence since the 1980s. This groundbreaking volume offers original, state-of-the-art research on the current money laundering debate and provides insightful predictions and recommendations for future developments in the field.

Chapter 32: Access by law enforcement agencies to financial data

Burkhard Mühl

Subjects: economics and finance, economic crime and corruption, law - academic, corruption and economic crime, politics and public policy, terrorism and security


This chapter asks whether access by law enforcement to financial data is it effective, or (is) in fact the weak link in the investigation of financial crime and the tracing of criminal proceeds? Successfully investigating financial crime relies heavily on the ability of law enforcement agencies to get access to financial data in order to follow suspicious financial flows and to trace the proceeds of crime. The aim of this chapter is to provide an insight into the issue of how law enforcement can access financial information. The article is based on the findings of research that has been carried out by the author amongst the members of the CARIN Network, which at the time surveyed 46 countries and jurisdictions, including all 27 countries of the European Union. The research provided general information on how the systems in the respective countries function, supplemented by five cases studies which focused in particular on the identification of bank accounts via central bank account registers, central credit referencing agencies and other means.

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