Tag Archives: Serious Organised Crime Agency

Will that be cash, sir?

About three weeks ago Singapore announced that it is going to stop issuing its $10,000 notes because of “the risks associated with large value cash transactions and high-value notes”, according to the Monetary Authority of Singapore.  However, the notes already … Continue reading

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Signs on doors, not jackets

So, after much anticipation, the UK’s National Crime Agency is here – it took up the reins from SOCA (and others) on Monday 7 October.  There has been quite a bit written about the NCA’s new responsibilities, but I have … Continue reading

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Unseen victims

At the end of the summer, the UK’s Human Trafficking Centre (UKHTC – part of SOCA) published “A Baseline Assessment on the Nature and Scale of Human Trafficking in 2011″. (You can download it here.)  In it, the UKHTC attempts … Continue reading

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Eat your heart out, Mr Trencrom

For those of you who do not share my unceasing passion for “Poldark”, I should perhaps explain that Mr Trencrom runs a major smuggling operation and recruits Ross Poldark (or, more accurately, Ross Poldark’s cellar) to hide Frenchie’s brandy from … Continue reading

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Showing some restraint

Recently I have been bathing in Schadenfreude.  No, this is not the natural successor to Badedas, or a spa town in Bavaria: from the German for “damage joy”, it is pleasure derived from the misfortune of others.  I’m not a … Continue reading

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International men of mystery go offline

As you may have read (for instance, here on the Beeb website), the website of the Serious Organised Crime Agency has been taken offline after a cyber-attack.  I’m not certain how it all works, but basically you get so many … Continue reading

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Using criminal proceeds for good

At a training session in Guernsey this week, someone asked me, “What happens to the money the authorities seize from criminals?”  It was an excellent question, and a topic I shall include in future training – pretending that it was … Continue reading

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Order, order!

Frustration, irritation, restriction and humiliation.  No, this is not my recipe for marital success, but the welcome result of the application of one or more of an array of Orders that the UK’s Serious Organised Crime Agency now has at … Continue reading

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Insatiable blood-sucking monsters

No, I’m not talking about our government.  When I first started doing AML training, an older and wiser trainer warned me: “When it comes to case studies, your clients will be insatiable, blood-sucking monsters.”  In fact, the vast majority of … Continue reading

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They’re creepy and they’re kooky – the Adams family

I remember back in 2005 when the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act came in.  We wiped off our quill pens, trimmed the wicks in the lamps and set to work looking at the implications.  And one of my very … Continue reading

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