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UK Enhances Crypto Crime Fighting with More Seizure Powers

UK Enhances Crypto Crime Fighting with More Seizure Powers

Key Takeaways

  • The UK has simplified the process for law enforcement to address crypto crimes, enabling easier seizure of cryptocurrencies linked to illegal activities.
  • The new update to the Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Act 2023 enhances the National Crime Agency's power to confiscate cryptocurrencies without the prior necessity for a conviction, effective from April 26.
  • The legislation permits not only the direct recovery of crypto assets from exchanges and wallets but also their destruction, if necessary.

The UK government has made it easier for law enforcement to intervene in crypto-related crimes. New legislation is set to reduce the hurdles for seizing crypto assets linked to criminal activity.

The legislation is part of the Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Act 2023, representing a revision of the UK government's approach to combating financial crime.

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The recent Statutory Instruments grant the National Crime Agency extended authority to confiscate and seize cryptocurrencies suspected of being tied to crime, bypassing the previous requirement for extensive legal processes.

According to this update, UK authorities will no longer need a conviction to freeze crypto assets involved in illegal actions starting from April 26.

Moreover, the legislation allows for the direct retrieval of crypto assets from exchanges and custodian wallet providers and even the destruction of these assets when deemed necessary. The destruction process typically involves burning the crypto tokens and removing them from circulation.

As the UK prepares for its next steps in crypto regulation and oversight, the balance between innovation and consumer protection remains a pivotal focus, with the government's actions closely watched by both the crypto industry and regulatory bodies.

In parallel, Bim Afolami, the UK's Economic Secretary to the Treasury, has recently announced the government's aim to introduce legislation targeting stablecoins and crypto-staking services within six months.

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