Created on 1 April 2006, SOCA’s remit is to target “Organised” crime which covers a very wide range of activity and individuals involved in a number of crime sectors. It perceives the most damaging sectors to the UK to be trafficking of Class A drugs, organised immigration crime and fraud. In addition, it seeks to target a wide range of other threats, including high tech crime, counterfeiting, the use of firearms by serious criminals, serious robbery, organised vehicle crime, cultural property crime and others.
SOCA is responsible for dealing with financial information concerning suspected “Proceeds of Crime” in order to counter Money Laundering.
Prosecutions brought by this agency pose particular challenges because of the complex nature and volume of the evidence involved and the complicated Confiscation Proceedings which often follow such an investigation.
A wide range of offences fall within the ambit of this agency. ABV Solicitors regularly deal with prosecutions resulting from an investigation conducted by SOCA. Cases range from Large Scale People Trafficking to Major Mortgage and Property Fraud.