Monthly Archives: January 2015

The proof is in the penalty

Sitting in court (I’m a magistrate) a little while ago, I listened to an “ex-alc” (someone charged with driving with excess alcohol in their system – drink-driving, in other words) explain how she came to be behind the wheel that … Continue reading

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Ponzi schemes and powder tax

I went to a birthday party recently, and when I mentioned to a group of people that, as well as AML-ing, I also write historical fiction about financial crime (if this is a surprise to you, you can dash over … Continue reading

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The Caped Crusader for Compliance

With most high-risk jobs, you know what you’re signing up for.  If you’re keen on seat-of-the-pants stuff, you become a firefighter, or Nigel Farage’s PR manager (which amounts to much the same thing).  And if you’re fonder of the quiet … Continue reading

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Happy Democracy Day!

Today in the UK is Democracy Day, marking the 750th anniversary of the first parliament of elected representatives at Westminster, the de Montfort Parliament.  (In homage to my readers in the Isle of Man, I should point out that we … Continue reading

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The safest place in town

This week I am working in a casino.  It’s something of a departure from my usual training routine, in that I do most of the training late at night (I have to work when the casino staff are working, and … Continue reading

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AML on the high seas

Over the Christmas break, we had two stories of people traffickers abandoning ships full of migrants in the seas surrounding Italy – first there was the Blue Sky M and then the Ezadeen.  The Moldovan-registered Blue Sky M was transporting … Continue reading

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Not that kind of “fit”

A regular reader of this blog is a supporter of Birmingham City FC (I am not sure where this admission ranks in the sporting world, so I shall refrain from naming him) and he and I have both been following … Continue reading

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2014 in review

I wasn’t going to post again until Monday, but the stats helper monkeys have prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog and I thought it might be fun to share it with you. I have also done some … Continue reading

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