Specialist subject: the bleeding obvious

The other evening I was watching “Death in Paradise” (so shoot me: I have a weakness for police detectives, which overcomes all qualms about the programme itself being complete tosh with plots so thin that even my cat could solve them) and the baddie on this occasion was a money launderer.  (Boo hiss, etc.)  Of course my ears pricked up and I was on alert for any training material – perhaps a cogent explanation of the problem, or an in-depth analysis of the laundering routes from the Caribbean to Europe via the US.  But no: he was described as a money launderer, the woman he had been wooing slapped his face, and off he went to prison.

Does this mean that “money laundering” is now part of the national vocabulary and so needs no further explanation?  Is the introductory “What is money laundering?” slide that I use in most of my presentations now entirely redundant, with the audience sitting there thinking, “Well, duh – we all know what money laundering is.  Tell us more about that chap who died of the Viagra overdose.”  (Sani Abacha, in case you’re wondering – famous for going out with a bang and not a whimper.)  Personally, I would be delighted if that is the case.  The more people that know what money laundering is, the better: sunlight is indeed the best disinfectant.

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6 Responses to Specialist subject: the bleeding obvious

  1. Claire says:

    Guilty too of watching Death in paradise! It just takes me away from grey & rainy Belgium. And that house on the beach… oh how I was I could live there! As to the money launderer, perhaps an important message is that money laundering is a very dangerous business. Don’t get involved, because you’ll never be able to get out of it again. To the single women out there: a money launderer only woos you as long as you are of use to him, after that you are discarded as a piece of crap. He can use you as a cover, to get a better nationality, or just residence in a specific country, to use your bank account for laundering, …
    Back to that beach in paradise now 😀

  2. I thought this might prompt a reply from you, Claire! To our other readers, I can confirm that Claire speaks from hard and painful experience in this matter. To those who think that money laundering is just a bit of clever money-management, that no-one gets hurt – please think again! In fact, it gives me an idea for a little training session: the dangers of knowing a money launderer…

  3. Claire says:

    When you have kids it never ends… I worry about what could happen if anyone would try and harm my ex and my kids. And I worry that my ex will succeed in convincing my son to take over the business one day.

  4. Claire says:

    What I should add: I am raising my kids on the proceeds of money laundering. I don’t have the luxury to refuse child support. As a single mom who put her career on hold to raise kids, with a lot of short term contracts later on, and being +45, I am not very “hot” on the employment market. My choice would be to descend in poverty whilst raising them on my own income. Or sending them to their father, which I would think is 200x worse. It’s life experience that taught me right from wrong. That is why young people need to be properly informed of financial crimes. I wish that someone at the bank I worked where I met my ex as a client, had told me what kind of business he was in. I got a warning that I would do better not seeing this man, but no reason why. I’ve had other subtle warnings. But what good is that to a young adult? My advice is: subtle is no good. Just tell the hard truth with lots of examples. I’m going to show those examples to my kids, so they will know.

    • Claire, I cannot thank you enough for adding these comments. I sometimes worry that people think that AML is all theory, just a tax grab for governments, but reading about the impact on you and your children of being connected with a money launderer should show that it is a cruel, selfish, dangerous crime that damages everyone it touches. Thank you.

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