Category Archives: Organised crime

The back of beyond

When delivering AML training I like to include what clients often call “case studies”, but which are really just stories about how money laundering can happen.  The temptation is to focus on the big stories – the corrupt PEPs and … Continue reading

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The fine art of future planning

Thanks to my capacious TV recording device – known in my house as the magic box – I rarely watch anything live any more, except the news and weather.  And so this weekend I finally got around to viewing a … 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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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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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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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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