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Serious & Organised Crime Exchange Economic Crime Conference 2022

Last month, the Serious and Organised Crime Exchange (SOCEX) held its annual Economic Crime Conference at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Stratford-upon-Avon.

Aimed at professionals working to combat fraud and financial crime, the conference featured two days of informative panel discussions, workshops and keynote addresses outlining the best practices for detecting, prosecuting and strategically managing financial crimes.

The first day of the conference placed a focus on the current and emerging challenges in the fight against financial crime. In the morning, attendees learnt about the world of payment service providers from Ian Whiting, the Global Head of Financial Crime Compliance Operations & Intelligence at FIS Worldpay, before hearing an overview of the National Crime Agency’s approach to international economic crime threat from the Deputy Director Investigator of the NCA, Matt Horne. This was followed by a range of detailed workshops from law enforcement agencies on the current scope of economic crime, the latest investigation techniques and the importance of multi-agency partnerships and several presentations on money laundering, organised intellectual property theft and illicit Russian finances from various experts at the forefront of these issues.

The first day of the programme concluded with an after-dinner speech on international confiscations from our Chief Operations Officer, Thomas J. Abernathy.

After spending nearly 30 years working in financial crime investigation alongside the United States Marshals Service, TJ used his experience in international asset recovery cases to explain why thorough investigations will always form the basis of proper confiscation. He also discussed the benefits of seizing stolen assets despite the numerous barriers, and the best practices for choosing the kinds of assets to seize and confiscate.

TJ was delighted to receive the speaking invitation from SOCEX:

“An unbelievable group of Investigators all in one location discussing cases and lessons learned and one of the best conferences I’ve ever attended. I was honoured to have been asked to speak to such an amazing and professional group of investigators. SOCEX is beyond impressive and we look forward to working with them again.”

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