Monthly Archives: June 2014

Calling time out on AML outsourcing?

On 19 June 2014 – and after plenty of rumours – the Guernsey Financial Services Commission issued a public statement about a local fiduciary firm, Willow Trust Limited.  Although still not as detailed as the notices issued by, for instance, … Continue reading

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Beating a (short) retreat

This post is by way of a (very) temporary farewell.  Some of you may remember that last summer I published my first novel, “Fatal Forgery”.  (If by some fluke you have missed it, here it is on Amazon, with some lovely … Continue reading

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Baby Bitcoin steps

Most humans are the same: we claim to seek and foster change, but when it happens, we’re cautious (and often divided) about how to deal with it.  Digital currencies, for instance.  Last week, the Isle of Man government announced that it … Continue reading

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Sharing nicely

We all have words that we hate.  I have one friend who is unable to say the word “pamphlet” without grimacing, and another who loathes “gusset”.  Personally I have two lexicographical pet peeves (yes, that’s me: always spoilt and demanding more).  The first … Continue reading

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Taking our cue from corruption

Following on from my post last week about common sense, I was interested to read about professional snooker player Stephen Lee pleading guilty to fraud on 9 June.  It was a simple enough case (he sold one of his cues … Continue reading

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If only common sense were more common

Stories about Phuket always get a snigger, but one caught my eye this week because it illustrates so well a basic AML skill that we all have (well, should all have): common sense.  The Phuket News (enough sniggering now, thank … Continue reading

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Victim mentality

At the end of May, and following a consultation process in which I participated with much pleasure and about which I blogged here, the UK’s Sentencing Council issued its definitive guideline on sentencing for offences of fraud, bribery and money … Continue reading

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P-p-p-pick up a passport

Rightly or wrongly, given the apparent ease with which you can buy a fake one these days, the passport is still viewed as the primary document for CDD.  (I’ve occasionally considered buying one myself, in order to get rid of … Continue reading

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A blind eye for art

Some years ago, I was asked to do some AML training for a well-known art auction house.  I remember two things about the day: I was by far the shortest and fattest woman in the place, and everyone spoke in … Continue reading

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A brace of own goals

Doing a quick search through my blog posts (you can do it yourself, over there on the right – that’s it, scroll down until you find the Search box, just above the golden piggy) I see that I have written … Continue reading

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