Category Archives: Money laundering

FATF 1, EU 0

The Fourth Money Laundering Directive brought us many delights, including Article 9: “Third-country jurisdictions which have strategic deficiencies in their national AML/CFT regimes that pose significant threats to the financial system of the Union (‘high-risk third countries’) shall be identified … Continue reading

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Facecrook?

Here’s what I have read about Facebook Libra: According to the Financial Times, it is “a new global digital currency backed by assets and supported by more than two dozen companies ranging from Visa and Mastercard to Lyft and Spotify”. … Continue reading

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On their own authority

Over a two-decade career in AML, one of the things I have noticed is the “normalisation” of the terms “money laundering” and “AML”.  When I first started out, I had to explain to everyone non-finance-y what money laundering was and … Continue reading

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Exceeding slow

You remember the summer of ’98.  The European Central Bank was founded in Brussels, Pete Sampras won the men’s singles title at Wimbledon, “Sex and the City” premiered on the telly – and Nigerian dictator Sani Abacha died at the … Continue reading

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Report from the frontline

It may surprise you to hear that when I was a teenager I wanted to be, no, not a model or an air hostess (as they were called in the dim and distant 1980s) or even an AML specialist, but … Continue reading

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Los Pinos of Sherwood Forest

Robin Hood, Robin Hood, riding through the glen – I bet you’re all humming now.  And even though historians have suggested that our Robin was not quite the champion of the poor we choose to believe, the legend persists – … Continue reading

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Rock and roll lifestyle

I don’t often use this blog simply to repeat money laundering stories that are already in the press but some are just too good to ignore.  May I introduce you to Paul Bettie.  He’s sixty-five now, but back in the … Continue reading

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Launderer seeks splendour without diminishment

It cannot have escaped your notice that Canada is in a lather about its real estate sector being used for money laundering.  Stories are appearing seemingly every day about some new scheme or other that has been uncovered, thanks in … Continue reading

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Inside the tent but still p***ing in

In my guise as a magistrate I have become familiar with a thrilling document called the “Magistrates’ Court Sentencing Guidelines”.  It’s an entirely public, well, publication, as justice is meant to be transparent and accessible to all.  And if you … Continue reading

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Asking for trouble

When Brexit is simply too, too depressing, I remind myself that in my own little world at least nothing much is changing.  Cambridge – where I live – is as cosmopolitan and outward-looking as ever, and the Fifth Money Laundering … Continue reading

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