Category Archives: Organised crime

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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The golden rule

I know we’re all excited these days about currencies you can’t even see, but criminals are a catholic bunch: they’ll entertain any mechanism for their laundering, no matter how old-fashioned or new-fangled.  And now that he is safely (hah!) in … Continue reading

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An uncommon event

I recently celebrated a landmark birthday, and over the past year I have been reflecting on, and considering the future direction of, my career.  Don’t panic: I am still obsessed with, dedicated to and fascinated by money laundering, but I have … Continue reading

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