Category Archives: Due diligence

Cut on the bias

We’re all biased – there’s no getting away from it.  My own particular unfair bias is against taxi drivers; as a cyclist I have been sworn at, side-swiped and (once) squeezed with my bike against the back of a lorry … Continue reading

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Cleaning house

Last week I attended an event at the elegant Whitehall premises of RUSI at which they launched “No Rest for the Wicked”, their report into what the UK’s next steps should be, now that we have (to quote the modest … Continue reading

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Just do the math

I am currently reading “How Not to Be Wrong” by American mathematician Jordan Ellenberg.  Not that I am wrong very often, of course, but it pays to protect one’s elevated position.  In truth, I scraped by in my maths A-level, … Continue reading

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The tarnish on golden visas

I have mentioned before the concept of “golden visas” and passports-for-sale.  In today’s politically uncertain world they are becoming ever more popular, and last month Transparency International published a report called “European Getaway: Inside the Murky World of Golden Visas”.  … Continue reading

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Something in the way she moves

A while ago I wrote about facial recognition software being used for client identification at ATMs and to apprehend scallywags out in public.  But of course technology does not stand still, and one of the shortcomings of facial recognition software … Continue reading

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The bank of äiti ja isä

I have written before about money laundering staying in the family but it is usually only the adults who are involved.  A recent Finnish case has trodden new ground, with the conviction of a young man – sixteen at the … Continue reading

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Is that wig made of wool or wolf?

A phrase I use quite often in training is, “You’d think so, wouldn’t you?”.  As in, “If the payment is coming to us from another regulated bank, won’t they have done all the checks?”  Or, “Given that CDD checks have … Continue reading

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Source for the goose

I am about to shut down for a fortnight’s holiday – my next blog post will be on Monday 18 June – but I thought I would like to leave you with a clever idea to mull.  No, it’s not … Continue reading

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KISS

Those of us who do AML for a living can sometimes focus on the big stories – the laundering of billions by corrupt PEPs, the emptying of state coffers by oligarchs, the earning of untold wealth by drug barons.  But … Continue reading

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Facing up to laundering

In my last post I sang the praises of a Twitter-bot (I still don’t know what that means) which sends out an alert every time a plane associated with an autocratic regime visits Geneva airport, which strikes me as a … Continue reading

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