Organised Immigration Crime (OIC) is a chronic threat; enduring, resilient, and as shown by recent and historic mass fatalities, very dangerous. The scale and complexity of the threat evolves all the time, and we expect this to continue in 2022 and beyond.

This type of criminality generates easy money for criminal groups and often funds other forms of organised crime.

The financial landscape behind OIC is complex and challenging to identify and target. Touch points with the financial sector depending payment for facilitation or payment for the equipment needed to enter the country. Many migrants use forms of Informal Value Transfer Systems (IVTS) to pay for their facilitation from their countries of origin, through transit countries and to the UK. The collection and movement of cash is an integral part of the organised crime group’s business model.

Due to these complexities instances of where financial institutions might detect instances of OIC in financial data may be less understood. We want to inform and work with the financial sector to help you proactively identify the threat to implement appropriate risk mitigation measures.

In this webinar we intend to inform you about the OIC threat to the UK and how organised crime groups exploit the financial sector to launder illicit funds. We will share our knowledge of the indicators and use of informal value transfer systems to strengthen PPP collaboration opportunities in order to create a hostile environment for criminals to operate.

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Hayley Pisano

Hayley Pisano

Organised Immigration Crime Threat Lead, National Crime Agency

Hayley Pisano is the Organised Immigration Crime Threat Lead at the National Crime Agency leading the illicit finance, social media, haulage and inter...

Hayley Pisano is the Organised Immigration Crime Threat Lead at the National Crime Agency leading the illicit finance, social media, haulage and international engagement portfolios. Hayley is a collaborative leader with nearly twenty years experience in a range of intelligence and operational support functions. Hayley has an extensive history of working across government both nationally and internationally and has represented her Agency as Head of Law Enforcement at the 5-Eyes Joint Narcotics Analysis Centre and as UK delegate on the G8 (now G7) Law Enforcement Project Sub Group.

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Julia Swakeen

Julia Swakeen

Small Boats Marketplace Lead, National Crime Agency

Julia Swakeen leads on the Small Boat marketplace portfolio within the Organised Immigration Crime (OIC) Threat Lead Team at the National Crime Agency...

Julia Swakeen leads on the Small Boat marketplace portfolio within the Organised Immigration Crime (OIC) Threat Lead Team at the National Crime Agency (NCA). Julia has nearly 10 years of experience within a range of International and operational support roles across government. Julia has worked most recently within the International Directorate at the Home Office on the G7 as the UK held the presidency in 2021, project managing delivery of the policy, logistics and security. Julia also has expertise in Judicial Cooperation including Mutual Legal Assistance (MLA) and the European Investigation Order (EIO), managing and progressing sensitive criminal  cases and capacity building overseas

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Brian Ludlow

Brian Ludlow

Expert Laundering Evidence Coordinator , National Crime Agency

Brian Ludlow is an Operations Manager with the National Crime Agency  (NCA) currently working in the National Economic Crime Centre (NECC) and provide...

Brian Ludlow is an Operations Manager with the National Crime Agency  (NCA) currently working in the National Economic Crime Centre (NECC) and provides money laundering expert evidence to courts. Brian has 33 years of law enforcement experience with Customs, Serious Organised Crime Agency and latterly the NCA, with most of that time investigating money laundering. Brian currently manages, trains and runs the Expert Laundering Evidence (ELE) Cadre which is a team of money laundering subject matter experts, made up from ten UK law enforcement agencies and Government departments. The ELE’s primary role is to provide money laundering expert evidence to courts. The ELE also assists and upskills investigation teams in money laundering and promotes awareness of money laundering typologies. Brian has expertise  in the criminal abuse of Informal Value Transfer Systems (such as hawala and underground banking), cash based laundering; smuggling and aspects of Trade Based Money Laundering.

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Nick van Benschoten

Nick van Benschoten

Director, UK Finance

Nick delivers economic crime policy and advocacy on behalf of members, leading on international engagement, benefi cial ownership and grand corruption...

Nick delivers economic crime policy and advocacy on behalf of members, leading on international engagement, benefi cial ownership and grand corruption. He provides the secretariat for the Anti-Bribery and Corruption panel and supports the money laundering advisory panel and UK Finance input to the economic crime reform programme. Prior to UK Finance, Nick worked both as a private sector advisor, supporting audits of corporate compliance and government reviews of public contractors and local authorities, and as a civil servant, representing the UK at the OECD working group on bribery and the OECD Responsible Business Conduct working group.

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National Crime Agency

National Crime Agency

The National Crime Agency (NCA) leads and co-ordinates the whole of UK system response to Serious and Organised Crime (SOC). The NCA publishes an annu...

The National Crime Agency (NCA) leads and co-ordinates the whole of UK system response to Serious and Organised Crime (SOC). The NCA publishes an annual strategic assessment prioritising the key threats to the UK. The key threats currently include drugs trafficking, organised immigration crime, modern slavery and human trafficking, illicit finance, cybercrime and child sexual abuse and exploitation. In addition to the traditional Pursue role involving the criminal justice system the NCA also works in partnership with the public and private sector on strategies to Prepare, Protect and Prevent (3Ps) in order to target harden those at risk from SOC.

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Compliance and AML professionals/experts

Money Laundering Reporting Officer

Chief Risk Officer

Chief Compliance Officer

Chief Operating Officer

Chair of the Risk Committee