Serious Financial Crime Taskforce

Phillip Sweeney made this Freedom of Information request to Australian Federal Police

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From: Phillip Sweeney

Dear Australian Federal Police,

The following comments appear on the website of McGrath Nicol:

"On 1 July 2015, the Federal Government established the Serious Financial Crime Taskforce (SFCT) under the auspice of the Australia Federal Police. The SFCT is a multi-agency initiative aimed at fighting serious and organised financial crime including money laundering, international tax evasion, fraudulent phoenix activity, trust fraud and superannuation fraud.

The SFCT had a win recently when it successfully prosecuted a financial advisor for tax fraud valued at more than $700,000. The advisor was sentenced to more than five years jail. In another success for the SFCT, a company director was sentenced to imprisonment for under-declaring income to the value of $4.5 million."

Please note that "superannuation fraud" is specifically mentioned.

Now the SFCT by September 2016 is clearly operational and would have a letterhead that would be used for investigations already under investigation by the SFCT as well as "potential" investigations.

This letterhead would would be uses by partner agencies, which are:

- Australian Federal Police (AFP)
- Australian Taxation Office (ATO)
-Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC) {Formerly the Australian Crime Commission)
- Attorney's General's Department
- Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre (AUSTRAC)
- Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions (CDPP)
- Australian Border Force (ABF)

The document I seek is a copy of the letterhead document that would be used when the Australian Federal Police is engaged in Serious Financial Crime Taskforce (SFCT) activities.

All information that might appear on any given document can be redacted, since I am only seeking a copy of the letterhead document that would be used for all SFCT correspondence.

Yours faithfully,

Phillip Sweeney

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Good Afternoon Mr Sweeney,

         

Your Freedom of Information Request

 

I refer to your email of 7 September 2016 in which you seek access to
documents under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (the Act) as follows:

 

The document I seek is a copy of the letterhead document that would be
used when the Australian Federal Police is engaged in Serious Financial
Crime Taskforce (SFCT) activities.

 

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This FOI request is now overdue. Might I ask you to expedite a reply.

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UNCLASSIFIED

Good Morning Mr Sweeney,

         

Your Freedom of Information Request

 

I refer to your email of 7 September 2016 in which you seek access to
documents under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (the Act) as follows:

 

The document I seek is a copy of the letterhead document that would be
used when the Australian Federal Police is engaged in Serious Financial
Crime Taskforce (SFCT) activities.

Please find attached a copy of the AFP decision in response to this
request.

My apologies for the delay in getting this response to you.

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the AFP
FOI Team.

Kind Regards,

AFP22486
FREEDOM OF INFORMATION
CHIEF COUNSEL PORTFOLIO

Tel +61(0) 2 6131 6131

[1]www.afp.gov.au

 

 

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