In 2018, practically all of the predicate offenses went up. For instance, the percentage of SARs involving bribery as suspected predicate offense increased sharply once again (2018: 1,639; 2017: 1,076), accounting for 27% of the total reporting volume.
At 20%, fraud came in second place with 1’253 SARs. Money laundering was in third place, with 826 SARs (18%). Over the years, the number of embezzlement cases has gone up steadily, and with 388 SARs, reached another peak.
Aggravated tax offences only became a misdemeanor in 2016 so the statistics do not reach as far back as for other predicate offenses. However, with 317 SARs in 2018, this misdemeanor has also experienced an increase of 116 SARs in comparison to 2017. The category criminal mismanagement as a predicate offence increased once more by 134 cases, accounting for nearly 7% of all SARs submitted.