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The Proceeds of Crime (Northern Ireland) Order 1996

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Concealing or transferring proceeds of criminal conduct

47.—(1) A person shall be guilty of an offence if he—

(a)conceals or disguises any property which is, or in whole or in part directly or indirectly represents, his proceeds of criminal conduct; or

(b)converts or transfers that property or removes it from the jurisdiction,

for the purpose of avoiding prosecution for an offence to which this Order applies or the making or enforcement in his case of a confiscation order.

(2) A person shall be guilty of an offence if, knowing or having reasonable grounds to suspect that any property is, or in whole or in part directly or indirectly represents, another person’s proceeds of criminal conduct, he—

(a)conceals or disguises that property; or

(b)converts or transfers that property or removes it from the jurisdiction,

for the purpose of assisting any person to avoid prosecution for an offence to which this Order applies or the making or enforcement of a confiscation order.

(3) In paragraphs (1)(a) and (Z)(a) the references to concealing or disguising any property include references to concealing or disguising its nature, source, location, disposition, movement or ownership or any rights with respect to it.

(4) A person guilty of an offence under this Article shall be liable—

(a)on conviction on indictment, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 14 years or to a fine or to both;

(b)on summary conviction, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 6 months or to a fine not exceeding the statutory maximum or to both.

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