Category Archives: Money laundering

Writing a wrong

Last week I wrote a blog post about French gangster Jacques Cassandri, who is currently on trial for laundering the proceeds of a bank robbery that he claimed,in a book he wrote, to have masterminded.  And this has started me … Continue reading

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Never gonna give you up

Cast your minds back to the summer of 1976.  Here in England we were sweltering, as the mercury stayed above 30˚ for a straight fortnight, and eventually Denis Howell was appointed the Minister for Drought.  It must have been even … Continue reading

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Your money or your life

There’s more than one way to skin a cat, and although I have devoted my working life to AML I am always thrilled to hear of other initiatives that are launched to take the profit out of crime.  And recently … Continue reading

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Loving laundering

As you tuck into that heart-shaped box of chocolates and gaze at the dozens of red roses currently scenting your surroundings, spare a thought for the victims of romance fraudsters.  I have written about these poor people – poor in … Continue reading

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The Ethics Factor

I’ve never watched “Strictly”, or “Big Brother”, or “I’m a Celebrity”, so it’s safe to say that I am not a fan of reality shows.  But in the Economist this week I read about one reality show that I would … Continue reading

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Voting for AML

I’m not a great fan of many of our current politicians – I’m sure you know why.  But I do like Angela Merkel, and in particular Tracy Ullman’s version of Angela Merkel.  And I have recently come to admire Elizabeth … Continue reading

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AML 1, bitcoin 0

There have been acres of newsprint (and the digital equivalent) written in recent months about the long-term future of bitcoin in particular and cryptocurrencies in general.  The value of bitcoin, for instance, is going through the roof, and then back … Continue reading

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Cleaning house for estate agents

Just to raise the tone of this blog a little, I’d like to start today with a quotation from Voltaire’s 1759 satirical novel “Candide”: “Dans ce pays-ci, il est bon de tuer de temps en temps un amiral pour encourager les … Continue reading

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A laundering own goal

People sometimes ask me how I can bear to stick with just one subject for over twenty years – yes, that’s how long I have been AML-ing.  And I simply say that although the subject remains the same, and indeed … Continue reading

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Stubborn as a…

For those who roll their eyes when I explain my job, and say that it’s all a load of government-sanctioned nonsense to appease the do-gooders (yes, I’ve heard all of that), Santander has done some handy research.  Big Red (other … Continue reading

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