Category Archives: Fraud

Free download of financial crime novel

Some of you may know that my obsession with financial crime spreads into my personal life, and that my hobby is writing historical financial crime novels.  My first series is narrated by a magistrates’ constable in London in the 1820s, … Continue reading

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Planes and pandemics

One of the challenges of AML work is keeping up with the endless adaptability and imagination of criminals.  Unshackled by moral considerations, or by the need to report to risk committees or by the requirement to comply with legislation (quite … Continue reading

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From little acorns

Apologies for the confusion at the start of my blog post on 4 September: I was not back at all, but actually watching elephants swimming in Botswana.  I wrote a couple of posts in advance, to cover my absence, and … Continue reading

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Words speaking louder than actions

Now I know it’s important to Think Big – to have goals and targets and ambition.  But you can take it too far.  And I rather think that in their recent “Economic Crime Plan 2019-2022” the joint forces of HMG … Continue reading

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Money launder-gig

I’m always surprised – although I try not to show it – when people ask me how money laundering actually works, as there is an almost infinite number of ways in which criminals can move their money around.  Invent a … 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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White collar crime

I’m back from my hols and – as promised – I did not succumb to the flattering blandishments of Karen Pierce, UN Officer, but rather immersed myself in history and gelato in Naples and then on the island of Ischia.  … Continue reading

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Blind faith

The term “professional enabler” has a menacing tone to it, I always think.  We started hearing it back in 2014, when the UK’s National Crime Agency, in its “High End Money Laundering Strategy and Action Plan”, observed this: “The ability … Continue reading

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Ring ring

Don’t you just hate cold calls?  It’s a rare day when the media does not report on some new fraud being hawked by cold callers, usually in a foreign country so you can’t block their calls without blocking all overseas … Continue reading

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Read all about it

As I prepare to launch my fifth historical crime novel on the world (you can read all about it here), I see that those dastardly money launderers have found a way to do their stuff via Amazon.  Well, why not … Continue reading

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