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Top-rated London criminal fraud defence solicitors win acquittal in complex multi-million VAT money laundering operation

22 Oct 2019


We successfully represented Mr Vahit Oktar in Operation Albany at Bristol Crown Court.

This was a large-scale operation involving an international investigation into allegations of money laundering with elements of VAT fraud. Our client, who was one of 9 accused of facilitating a complex multi-million pound money laundering operation, stood trial over 7 weeks and was unanimously acquitted after the case, which was brought by Her Majesty’s Customs and Revenue, was challenged on the basis – unusually – that the monies in question did not represent criminal property, and that the defendant had no knowledge or any money laundering arrangements or activities.

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