Category Archives: Fraud

Fare’s fair

With one of the main themes of Easter being forgiveness (the other is chocolate, of course), I have been mulling over the topic of financial redemption.  The week before last we had the story of the unnamed train fare cheat – … Continue reading

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Middle-aged men still in danger

Back in November 2012, the campaigning organisation Action Fraud garnered some excellent headlines for its research by revealing that the people most likely to fall for investment scams are over-confident men aged between 36 and 55.  Although there are still … Continue reading

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Can’t buy me love

You know how I like to mark all the major festivals (Administrative Professionals’ Day and International Mother Language Day are obvious highlights), so it would be remiss of me to let today pass without talking about lurve.  And specifically, of … Continue reading

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Under-promise and over-deliver

I have been (in effect) self-employed now for nearly twenty years.  Unemployable, my nearest and dearest tell me.  And those who are considering the self-employed life often ask me what skills they need and whether they are suited.  To my … Continue reading

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A novel approach to financial crime

As you may have guessed, I’m quite keen on writing – and in particular on writing about financial crime.  We’ve had articles, and training materials, and policies ‘n’ procedures, and books, and of course this blog.  All that has been … Continue reading

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Hands in the till

I don’t want to jump on the banker-bashing bandwagon, but as I go through my regular morning routine of media-sniffing for money laundering stories to put on the news page of my website, I have noticed something of a trend. … Continue reading

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Well, he had a good innings

Yesterday a court in America sentenced Texan financier Allen Stanford to 110 years in prison for running, over two decades, a Ponzi fraud that netted him more than US$7 billion.  His lawyers had suggested that a suitable sentence might be … Continue reading

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Off-white collar crime

I’ve never met him, but I think I’m going to like David Green, the incoming Director of the UK’s Serious Fraud Office.  In various newspaper interviews last week (such as with the FT and the Telegraph), he sounded very fierce … Continue reading

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If only he’d been called Charles Dodgi

(Just before I start – over 6,000 hits on this blog!  Woo-hoo!) Anyway, back to the serious matter in hand.  There has been such a lot in the news recently about Ponzi schemes, what with Allen Stanford, Kautilya Pruthi and the … Continue reading

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