Four men have been arrested in London and Hampshire on suspicion of money laundering offences.
Three of the men were arrested and a quantity of cash seized by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) criminal investigators in the London Borough of Kensington and Chelsea on Wednesday 18 March 2015. A fourth man was arrested later the same day near Romsey, Hampshire.
The scale of the suspected crime is as yet unknown.
Colin Spinks, Assistant Director, Criminal Investigation, HMRC, said:
“We will not hesitate to investigate those suspected of money laundering offences. Anyone with information about alleged financial crime can contact the Customs Hotline on 0800 59 5000.”
As part of the operation, HMRC investigators searched four residential addresses; one in west London; two near Romsey, Hampshire and one in Southampton, Hampshire. A business premises near Romsey, Hampshire was also searched.
During the property searches investigators seized business records and a further quantity of cash.
All four men were interviewed by HMRC and released on bail until July 2015. Investigations are ongoing.
Notes for editors
1.Those arrested in Central London on the afternoon of 18 March 2015 are:
A 54 year-old man from near Romsey, Hampshire
A 64 year-old man from Southampton, Hampshire
A 41 year-old man from west London
All three have been bailed until 6 July 2015.
2.The man arrested in Hampshire on 18 March 2015 is a 54 year-old from near Romsey, Hampshire. His bail date is 15 July 2015.
3.All were arrested and questioned on suspicion of money laundering offences.
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Issued by HM Revenue & Customs Press Office
HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) is the UK’s tax authority.
HMRC is responsible for making sure that the money is available to fund the UK’s public services and for helping families and individuals with targeted financial support.