First UWO stands up in court

The respondent to the first Unexplained Wealth Order granted under the Criminal Finances Act 2017 failed in an appeal against it. NCA had obtained the order in February, and it was appealed in July.

The respondent is the wife of a banker from a non-EEA country. £22m of UK property has been frozen, and the respondent must explain to NCA how she was able to afford it. Under the CFA, if she fails to respond, or the response is inadequate, the properties may become subject to confiscation orders.