To help Father Christmas on his rounds this year, I have put together my list of AML wishes:
- A government-issued and internationally-agreed list of PEPs
- Tax evasion as a predicate crime for money laundering in every jurisdiction in the world
- Suspended sentences to be abolished for money laundering – they should all serve time, and plenty of it
- At least 25% of Board chairmen of regulated firms to have come through the compliance route rather than sales
- The resurrection of the Money Laundering Advisory Committee
- My appointment to the Money Laundering Advisory Committee (I’ll even bring luxury chocolate biscuits, as I understand that new government austerity measures have sealed the biscuit tin)
- Best-seller, well, OK, adequate-seller status for the two volumes of “Suspicious Activity” already published as e-books
- The removal of the USA from everyone’s equivalency lists, as we all know that it is not (that’s put the kibosh on my next US visa – I foresee a long wait at immigration)
- The arrest and conviction of my friend Claire’s laundering ex-husband (see her heartfelt comments on previous posts here and here).
And here is a little (a very little) Christmas joke for you. Did you hear about the thief who stole a calendar? He got twelve months. Boom boom! After that, you will doubtless be relieved to hear that I will now take a short rest from blogging until the new year, as I strongly suspect that you will be taking a similar break from blog-reading. I wish you all a very merry Christmas, and a laundering-free new year.