Suspected Illegal Money Lenders Arrested

Aug 24, 2022

Officers from the Scottish Illegal Money Lending Unit (SIMLU), with the assistance of partner agencies, have today searched the premises of suspected illegal money lenders in Gorebridge, Midlothian resulting in a 56 year old male and 55 year old female being arrested in relation to illegal money lending. A report will be submitted to the Procurator Fiscal in relation to this matter. 

Fiona Richardson, Chief Officer of Trading Standards Scotland commented: “Illegal money lenders  exploit the most vulnerable in our communities. Working with our partners throughout Scotland we are committed to taking action against anyone who operates such practices.” 

“With the cost of living increasing for people across the country, it is more important than ever that we take action against individuals involved in illegal money lending in our communities across Scotland” 

“Staff from the Illegal Money Lending team are able to provide support and advice to people impacted by illegal lending. This is done through our 24/7 confidential support line, 0800 074 0878. We would urge anyone that is aware of an illegal money lender operating in their area to report them.” 

Enquiries are continuing and anyone who would like to discuss this issue is urged to contact the Scottish Illegal Money Lending Unit on our confidential support line on 0800 074 0878 or visit our website at for further information.