World-Check Shares Risk Intelligence Expertise With UK Overseas Anti-Corruption Unit

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The opportunity to contribute to OACU’s effective intelligence led anti-corruption strategy presents the successful partnering of the private and public sector to make a positive impact in curbing illicit money flows.

London World-Check ( Director of Threat Finance Research, John Solomon, recently concluded a three-month secondment to the Overseas Anti-Corruption Unit (OACU) at the City of London Police Economic Crime Directorate. Mr. Solomon contributed to the United Kingdom’s strategic intelligence assessment on Politically Exposed Persons (PEPs) as part of OACU’s anti-corruption work.

Describing the partnership Detective Colin Cowan, Head of OACU, said: "This project has enabled us to identify how business, law enforcement, government departments and due diligence service providers can work together to better understand and interpret the mass of information that exists on the global threat of financial crime. Pulling together and connecting relevant information from a wide variety of sources is a tremendous challenge and something that World-Check excels at. Working with the company and the research processes by which they identify heightened risk individuals and entities meant that we were able to better understand the complexities of the due diligence process. I would like to thank John Solomon for his excellent contribution and have no doubt that we will continue to work closely in the future."

“Working under the dynamic leadership of Detective Colin Cowan and an exceptional team from across law enforcement, government and business has been extremely rewarding” said Mr. Solomon. “The opportunity to contribute to OACU’s highly effective intelligence-led anti-corruption strategy presents the successful partnering of the private and public sector to make a positive impact in curbing illicit money flows.”

World-Check is proud to work with public sector organisations in the global fight against financial and related crime. Recent activities include participation in NATO’s workshop on countering the financing of terrorism; the United Nations Working group on Countering the Use of the Internet for Terrorist purposes; the World Congress on Information Technology hosted by the Dutch National Counterterrorism Coordinator to combat cyberterrorism; an invitation to attend Interpol’s Global Security Initiative working session; and providing the Child Exploitation and Online protection (CEOP) Centre in the UK with access to the World-Check global database of risk intelligence to assist in tracking offenders.

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Trusted by more than 4,500 institutions in over 160 countries, including 49 of the world’s top 50 banks, World-Check offers an end-to-end solution for assessing, managing and remediating financial, regulatory and reputational risks. World-Check’s global database of Politically Exposed Persons (PEPs) and heightened risk individuals and entities, due diligence reports, passport verification and country risk assessment tools provide the means to address the full spectrum of risk across all markets and industries. Represented across five continents, World-Check’s international research team monitors emerging risks in more than 50 languages, covering over 240 countries and territories worldwide.


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