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Debt Management and Banking Manual

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Debt and return pursuit: Money Laundering Fees and Penalties: DTO action

Role of the DMU

Warning letters will advise MSOs to contact us immediately if they are unable to pay the debt. The DMU may consider any request for time to pay.

If time to pay is not appropriate or applicable, the DMU will refer the case to the Enforcement and Insolvency Service (EIS) for recovery action.

Recovery of fees and penalties through the courts

Regulation 48 of the Money Laundering Regulations 2007 provides:

“Any change or penalty imposed on a person by a supervising authority under regulation 35(1) or 42(1) is a debt due from that person to the authority, and is recoverable accordingly.”

What this means is that in England, Wales or Northern Ireland we can take:

  • civil recovery action (bankruptcy or winding up by the courts); or
  • default action.

For information on default action contact Debt Management Operational Support, Liverpool.