Category Archives: Organised crime

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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All the money in the world

I spend most of my time thinking about scuzzy criminals and their dastardly deeds, but for my last post before Christmas, I thought I would spread a bit of seasonal goodwill by focussing instead on those items that even the … Continue reading

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Crime ain’t what it used to be

Recently the UK government published its first AML National Risk Assessment.  In its introductory look at the UK crime sector, it observes that “the number of armed robberies at banks and buildings societies has declined in the last decade” while … Continue reading

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