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Criminal Finances Act 2017

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Section 17

SCHEDULE 1Powers of members of staff of Serious Fraud Office

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1The Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 is amended as follows.

2(1)Section 2C (prosecuting authorities) is amended as follows.

(2)In subsection (2) after “Part” insert “2, 4,”.

(3)In subsection (3) after “Part” insert “2, 4,”.

3In section 47A (meaning of “appropriate officer” for purposes of search and seizure powers under Part 2 of that Act), in subsection (1)—

(a)omit “or” at the end of paragraph (b), and

(b)after that paragraph insert—

(ba)an SFO officer, or.

4In section 47G (meaning of “appropriate approval” for purposes of section 47C etc), in subsection (3) after paragraph (ab) insert—

(ac)in relation to the exercise of a power by an SFO officer, the Director of the Serious Fraud Office,.

5In section 47M (further detention in other cases where property is detained under section 47J), in subsection (3) after paragraph (b) insert—

(ba)an SFO officer,.

6In section 47S (codes of practice), after subsection (2) insert—

(2A)The Secretary of State must also consult the Attorney General about the draft in its application to the exercise of powers by SFO officers and the Director of the Serious Fraud Office.

7In section 195A (meaning of “appropriate officer” for purposes of search and seizure powers under Part 4 of that Act), in subsection (1)—

(a)omit “or” at the end of paragraph (b), and

(b)after that paragraph insert—

(ba)an SFO officer, or.

8In section 195G (meaning of “appropriate approval” for purposes of section 195C etc), in subsection (3) after paragraph (ab) insert—

(ac)in relation to the exercise of a power by an SFO officer, the Director of the Serious Fraud Office,.

9In section 195M (further detention in other cases where property is detained under section 195J), in subsection (3) after paragraph (b) insert—

(ba)an SFO officer,.

10(1)Section 195S (codes of practice: Secretary of State) is amended as follows.

(2)In subsection (1)—

(a)in paragraph (a) for “and immigration officers” substitute “, immigration officers and SFO officers”, and

(b)in paragraph (c) after “immigration officers” insert “, SFO officers”.

(3)In subsection (1A), after paragraph (b) insert—

(c)the Director of the Serious Fraud Office.

(4)After subsection (2) insert—

(2A)The Secretary of State must also consult the Attorney General about the draft in its application to the exercise of powers by SFO officers and the Director of the Serious Fraud Office.

11(1)Section 289 (searches) is amended as follows.

(2)In subsection (1) after “constable” insert “, an SFO officer”.

(3)In subsection (1A)—

(a)in paragraph (a) after “constable” insert “, an SFO officer”;

(b)in paragraph (b)—

(i)after “officer” insert “of Revenue and Customs”;

(ii)after “constable” insert “, SFO officer”.

(4)In subsection (1C)—

(a)after “constable”, in both places where it occurs, insert “, SFO officer”;

(b)after “officer”, in the second place where it occurs, insert “of Revenue and Customs”.

(5)In subsection (1D)—

(a)after “constable”, in both places where it occurs, insert “, SFO officer”;

(b)after “officer”, in the second place where it occurs, insert “of Revenue and Customs”.

(6)In subsection (2) after “constable” insert “, an SFO officer”.

(7)In subsection (3) after “constable” insert “, SFO officer”.

(8)In subsection (4) after “constable” insert “, SFO officer”.

(9)In subsection (5), in paragraph (c) after “an” insert “SFO officer or”.

12(1)Section 290 (prior approval) is amended as follows.

(2)In subsection (4), after paragraph (a) insert—

(aa)in relation to the exercise of a power by an SFO officer, the Director of the Serious Fraud Office,.

(3)In subsection (6), after “constable” insert “, SFO officer.

13In section 291 (report on exercise of powers), in subsection (2) after “constable” insert “, SFO officer”.

14(1)Section 292 (code of practice) is amended as follows.

(2)In subsection (1) after “Customs” insert “, SFO officers”.

(3)After subsection (2) insert—

(2A)The Secretary of State must also consult the Attorney General about the draft in its application to the exercise of powers by SFO officers and the Director of the Serious Fraud Office.

(4)In subsection (6) after “Customs,” insert “an SFO officer,”.

15(1)Section 294 (seizure of cash) is amended as follows.

(2)In subsection (1) after “constable” insert “, an SFO officer”.

(3)In subsection (2) after “constable” insert “, an SFO officer”.

(4)In subsection (4) after “by” insert “an SFO officer or”.

16(1)Section 295 (detention of seized cash) is amended as follows.

(2)In subsection (1) after “constable” insert “, SFO officer”.

(3)In subsection (4)(a) after “constable” insert “, an SFO officer”.

17In section 296 (interest), in subsection (2) after “constable” insert “, SFO officer”.

18In section 297 (release of detained cash), in subsection (4) after “constable” insert “, SFO officer”.

19In section 297A (forfeiture notice), in subsection (6)—

(a)omit “or” at the end of paragraph (b), and

(b)after that paragraph insert—

(ba)the Director of the Serious Fraud Office, or.

20In section 297D (detention following lapse of notice), in subsection (3) after “constable” insert “, an SFO officer”.

21In section 297F (release of cash subject to forfeiture notice), in subsection (4) after “constable” insert “, SFO officer”.

22In section 298 (forfeiture), in subsection (1)(a) for “or a constable” substitute “, a constable or an SFO officer”.

23In section 302 (compensation), after subsection (7) insert—

(7ZA)If the cash was seized by an SFO officer, the compensation is to be paid by the Director of the Serious Fraud Office.

24In section 377A (code of practice of Attorney General etc), in subsection (1)(a) after “Prosecutions” insert “, SFO officers”.

25(1)Section 378 (appropriate officers and senior appropriate officers for the purposes of investigations under Part 8 of that Act) is amended as follows.

(2)In subsection (1) after paragraph (c) insert—

(ca)an SFO officer;.

(3)In subsection (2) after paragraph (b) insert—

(ba)the Director of the Serious Fraud Office;.

(4)In subsection (3A) after paragraph (a) insert—

(aa)an SFO officer;.

(5)In subsection (3AA) after paragraph (a) insert—

(aa)the Director of the Serious Fraud Office;.

(6)In subsection (4) after paragraph (b) insert—

(ba)an SFO officer;.

(7)In subsection (6) after paragraph (a) insert—

(aa)the Director of the Serious Fraud Office;.

26After section 454 insert—

454ASerious Fraud Office

For the purposes of this Act “SFO officer” means a member of staff of the Serious Fraud Office.

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