Monthly Archives: December 2015

2015 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 25,000 times in 2015. If it were a … Continue reading

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All the money in the world

I spend most of my time thinking about scuzzy criminals and their dastardly deeds, but for my last post before Christmas, I thought I would spread a bit of seasonal goodwill by focussing instead on those items that even the … Continue reading

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See no evil

I was talking recently to a new client about some training that they had commissioned from me for their staff.  I put together an outline of what I thought I should and could cover in the time, including the topics … Continue reading

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Papa don’t preach

Thomas Fabius was three years old when his father Laurent was elected prime minister of France, so it is safe to say that he had something of a privileged childhood – notwithstanding the socialist politics of his father.  (Although it … Continue reading

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A (rotting) rose by any other name

You’ve all heard me gripe about tax evasion – about how people seem to be able to perform all sorts of mental and financial gymnastics in order to convince themselves that it’s not really a crime, not like drug trafficking … Continue reading

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Own goals

I have just watched a documentary on the investigation of corruption in FIFA (thanks, Jason, for recommending it) and I have to say that, even seasoned criminal-hater that I am, I was left speechless at the brazenness of the actions … Continue reading

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Exposed to scrutiny

As an author myself, desperate to understand the vicissitudes of the book-buying public, I devour any articles on the publishing industry.  In the Economist recently there was a piece about the growing demand for children’s books in China, now that … Continue reading

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Has AML been ousted?

Last week, Barclays in the UK was fined £72,069,400 by the Financial Conduct Authority for “failing to minimise the risk that it may be used to facilitate financial crime” while processing a £1.88 billion “elephant deal” (i.e. stonking great deal) … Continue reading

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One-stop knocking shop

Following a recent Financial Times article on money laundering through cash-intensive businesses in the UK (albeit in the “luxury sector”), a investigation in New Jersey is a timely reminder for us all about how useful to criminals are businesses that … Continue reading

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