Category Archives: Bribery and corruption

Adiós a la Cara de Piña

Panama has been in the news recently for its Papers, but long before then we had Noriega (or “Old Pineapple Face”, as his braver countrymen called him – behind his back, of course).  Indeed, when I started out as a … Continue reading

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Hold your Criminal Finance horses

Well, it’s here: the Criminal Finances Act 2017 has received Royal Assent.  And it has been quite an education in legislative procedure for me at least.  For instance, did you know that the progress of a Bill (before an Act … Continue reading

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Conspiring against criminal cash

I have written a few times before about the interesting stage that all countries go through as their criminals (alongside ordinary people, but I’m less interested in them) transition from cash to non-cash working patterns.  As a jurisdiction’s AML regime … Continue reading

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Wishing you a speedy recovery

I have been working in Jersey this week, and at the start of the week it was announced that Jersey has undertaken to return to Kenya over £3 million of stolen assets, in an agreement signed by the Jersey Chief … Continue reading

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Cash tales from the Raj

I am often asked whether what we are doing in the world of AML – namely due diligence, record-keeping, staff training and reporting of suspicions – is actually having a positive impact.  I’ve mulled on this before, and no doubt … Continue reading

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Anna Karenina and the assault rifle

PEPs = high risk = EDD.  But why?  The short answer is corruption: anyone with access to public influence and/or public money will be a target for criminals who want to gain that access for themselves.  Of course, the majority … Continue reading

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Don Donald?

I’m not going to hide it from you: I’m devastated by the Trump win.  Devastated and not a little scared.  I’m no fan of career politicians – I’d rather people did a proper job before turning to public service – … Continue reading

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Box-tickers, and worse

I don’t often do this, as it feels a bit lazy (and I certainly don’t want to incur the wrath of Liam Fox), but a blog reader in the Isle of Man forwarded this other blog post to me (thanks, … Continue reading

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No more honours, Your Honour

Financial crime is not only bad for your sense of honour – it is bad for your honours.  American financier Allen Stanford, you will recall, was sentenced to 110 years in prison for running a Ponzi scheme so massive and … Continue reading

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Panama: a drop in the ocean

So the Panama Papers are Out There.  Hands up who has gone into the database and searched on their own name….  Of course I did, with such an unusual name – not that I have ever done anything myself, you … Continue reading

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