Monthly Archives: August 2015

Measuring the MLRO

As some of you may know, I am a magistrate.  (For non-UK readers, magistrates are volunteers who hear cases in courts in their community; we deal with crimes like minor assaults, motoring offences and theft, are assisted by a legally-trained … Continue reading

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Blame where blame is due

If I may mix my four-legged metaphors for a moment, regular readers will know that one of my hobby horses is the use of AML legislation as a scapegoat.  It makes my blood boil when people tell me that their … Continue reading

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The spoils of war

During AML training, I am often asked what happens to the money that is confiscated from criminals.  And occasionally – usually after a local conviction – a similar question will arise around institutional penalties.  When a regulator imposes a financial … Continue reading

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Robin Hood he ain’t

Last week I was listening to the “Today” programme on Radio 4, and an item came on about Joaquín “El Chapo” [Shorty] Guzmán – the Mexican drug lord who escaped from a maximum security jail in July by running through … Continue reading

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The sins of the father

This is a slightly unusual blog post, because I want your advice.  Well, it’s on behalf of someone else.  I have a friend who used to be married to a money launderer.  He – the ex – is still engaged … Continue reading

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The laundrette on the high street?

My husband is away for three weeks on a course in the Netherlands, and we had a bit of a dither about how he should take his money.  As it costs a lot to get cash out of a foreign … Continue reading

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Always take legal advice

With the intensifying of focus here in the UK on “professional enablers” – not least with the introduction of the new offence of participating in activities of organised crime group – it is salutary to read of a case involving … Continue reading

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