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Serious Fraud Office
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Serious Fraud Office an agency established by the Criminal Justice Act 1987 having a director and charged with instituting and conducting proceedings involving serious or complex fraud, which as a rule of thumb may be considered as those involving £1m or more. It may take over cases run by others. It was given much more sweeping powers to obtain information than had the police to obtain documents and other papers, including the ability to put questions which if unanswered constitute an offence. Its powers have since been adjusted to attempt to be HUMAN RIGHTS compliant and the answers to the compulsory questions may not be used at trial. It carries out some money laundering inquiries.