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Proceeds of Crime Act 2002

Section 363: Customer information orders

521.A customer information order requires all (or a targeted sample of) banks and other financial institutions to provide details of any accounts held by the person who is the subject of a confiscation or money laundering investigation. The order can also apply to persons who appear to hold property that is subject to a civil recovery investigation.Section 369(7) requires the prior authorisation of a senior appropriate officer before an appropriate officer can make an initial or variation application for a customer information order. This mirrors the approach taken for restraint order applications in confiscation proceedings (see section 42 read with section 68). An appropriate officer who is also a senior appropriate officer can apply for the order and variations himself without requiring further and separate authorisation. Section 378 sets out who is a senior appropriate officer in the three types of investigation. As with disclosure orders, a person may require the person serving a notice given under the order to demonstrate that they have the authority they claim. Again, it is envisaged that a copy of the original customer information order will be provided.

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