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The Serious Fraud & Tax Evasion Unit​​

Economic crimes are a substantial threat to the development and stability of an economy. The Serious Fraud and Tax Evasion Unit is a specialized unit of the Office which is committed to fighting against cases of fraud, money laundering, tax evasion and forgery, among other financial crimes cases.

The police and the Independent Commission against Corruption investigate such cases following which they are mandated under the law to send the case files to the Office of the DPP to decide on prosecution. The dedicated prosecuting team of the unit shall then assess whether there is sufficient evidence and whether it is in the public interest to prosecute.

The Office of the DPP, through the Serious Fraud and Tax Evasion Unit, has also contributed in the Mutual Evaluation Assessment of Mauritius by the Eastern and Southern Africa Anti-Money Laundering Group (ESAAMLG). Following recommendations made in the Mutual Evaluation Report, the ODPP has, through the Unit, taken several measures to ensure that the recommended actions are adopted. For instance, it has participated in the National Risk Assessment exercise whose main objective is to devise an effective risk-based AML/CFT regime and it is also a member of the Money Laundering Investigations Committee which ensures top level commitment from each member in the decision-making process with regards to pertinent issues related to AML/CFT policy and challenges.