Category Archives: Organised crime

A family business

I think I have written before about crime – including money laundering – often being a family business.  There are many advantages: for instance, there is absolute loyalty (twice over: blood and business), and there is nothing suspicious about the … Continue reading

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Something new to get your AML teeth into

People sometimes ask me how I can bear to stick with one subject for so long.  The answer, of course, is that it’s not really the same subject for very long.  True, the aim of money laundering is fairly predictable … Continue reading

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Adiós a la Cara de Piña

Panama has been in the news recently for its Papers, but long before then we had Noriega (or “Old Pineapple Face”, as his braver countrymen called him – behind his back, of course).  Indeed, when I started out as a … Continue reading

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Smile: you’re on ATM camera!

Years ago, I used to joke in AML training sessions that one day CDD would be obsolete because as soon as a baby was born s/he would be tattooed with an indelible barcode which would be used as proof of … Continue reading

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Still selling their souls

In my spare time I think about financial crime, because I am the author of a series of historical financial crime novels set in London in the 1820s.  When I tried to interest publishers in the first in the series, … Continue reading

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Diamond geezers

I have been working in AML now for, well, let’s just say more than two decades.  People often ask whether I find it boring, and I can perfectly honestly say that I don’t.  And for that, I have to thank … Continue reading

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Silver screen laundering

I have yet to see it myself – hampered by as I am by a full diary and a dislike of movie violence – but I am enjoying reading all about the new movie “The Infiltrator”, based on the memoirs … Continue reading

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Bolting the stable door

When I was little I lived in Newmarket, and my mum was the secretary at a trainer’s yard, so I spent a lot of time in the yard “helping” the farrier and – my favourite bit – siting in the … Continue reading

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Washing clean our sins

When I was a teenager, I had something of a crush on Tom Cruise.  Come on, ladies of my age: you remember him dancing in his undies in 1983 hit movie “Risky Business”.  What finally cured me of my infatuation … Continue reading

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Summer days drifting away

In case you’re wondering why I was quiet last week, it’s because we went on holiday to Malta – never been before and it was just a coincidence that this story is raging there at the moment.  Honest. Summer should … Continue reading

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