Financial investigations
Combating money laundering
Money rules the world. Many crimes are only committed to enrich themselves. This always happens at the expense of others. But after the crime, the perpetrator is faced with the second task: the "dirty" proceeds must be laundered. Only when it is no longer possible for the police to trace the route of the proceeds can the perpetrator feel safe and enjoy the benefits of his crime. Preventing this is the task of financial investigations. The LKA NRW has set up the Financial Investigations Department for this purpose.


Joint investigations by police and customs

The Joint Financial Investigation Teams (GFG) of the NRW police and the Essen Customs Investigation Office focus on combating money laundering and preventing the financing of terrorism (financial investigations independent of proceedings). The investigations of both authorities are coordinated according to the principle of "shared desks" in order to make optimum use of the potential. Outstanding cases of organized and serious crime are handled by investigation commissions.


Skimming of assets and fundamental matters

Another focus is the confiscation of criminally obtained assets (integrated financial investigations). The aim is to confiscate the assets obtained from or for the crime from the perpetrators. Depending on the offense, these are provisionally secured to guarantee later claims by injured parties or for the expected enforcement of state claims as a result of court forfeiture decisions.

An overview of the financial investigations situation in North Rhine-Westphalia is provided by the annual NRW Financial Investigations Situation Report.

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In urgent cases: Police emergency number 110