When my sister-in-law was first pregnant, she commented that she was suddenly noticing prams everywhere. And it’s a bit like that with money laundering. Once you’ve got the bug, you see it all over the place. A local friend commented the other day that a newsagent’s shop near us seems to be less and less busy each time you go in, with fewer and fewer items on display – and yet the newsagent himself is chirpy enough. How on earth does he make a living in quite expensive premises. Oh hold on, it’s a cash-based business… (or at least that’s how my ML-addled mind works!)
A while ago I had an idea for a training game: show clips from movies featuring money laundering, and then match the laundering clip to the movie. I thought it might be tricky to find enough clips to make a good game, but how wrong can you be? I found my initial ten within about an hour, and then built up a reserve stock of about twenty more clips. Who knew it was so pervasive? For instance, I bet you didn’t know that the motive for the murder in “Ghost” was – you’ve guessed it – money laundering. And you thought it was all X-rated pottery and Demi’s runny mascara.