HMRC Prosecutions – Merger with the Crown Prosecution ServiceFriday, January 15th, 2010
On 1 January 2010, the Revenue and Customs Prosecutions Office (RCPO) merged with the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) and became the Revenue and Customs Division (RCD) of CPS.
The RCPO was established by the Commissioners for Revenue and Customs Act 2005 as an independent prosecuting authority accountable to the Attorney General. In 2009, the Attorney General’s Strategic Board agreed that, in light of public expectations and the need to find efficiencies, RCPO and the CPS would be combined to provide enhanced prosecution services.
The Revenue and Customs Division (RCD) has offices in London and Manchester and provides a specialist tax and revenue prosecution service, together with expertise in the prosecution of illegal arms dealing and sanctions violations. Work that has passed from HMRC to the UK Borders Agency (such as smuggling) will be prosecuted by the CPS’ specialist UKBA team within the Organised Crime Division.
RCD handles cases involving:
- all types of direct and indirect tax fraud
- evasion of the duty on tobacco, alcohol and oils
- illegal arms trafficking, export controls and sanctions violations
- related money laundering.
RCD is also responsible for ensuring that criminals do not benefit from the profits of their crimes and does this by restraining and confiscating their criminal assets.
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