Category Archives: Organised crime

Planes and pandemics

One of the challenges of AML work is keeping up with the endless adaptability and imagination of criminals.  Unshackled by moral considerations, or by the need to report to risk committees or by the requirement to comply with legislation (quite … Continue reading

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Free for all

Just as Voldemort’s name cannot be used for fear of conjuring him up, so too we have declared a taboo in our house on the B word (the one to do with the EU) and on the name of the … Continue reading

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Regrets, he’s had a few

Here in the UK – and I am sure that many countries will have something similar – we have an organisation called the Restorative Justice Council.  The purpose of restorative justice, as explained on the RJC’s website, is “[to bring] … Continue reading

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Lights, camera, action!

After my little rant about podcasts, I can report this week that conversely I am fully in favour of what I still call video clips.  In the olden days, when I used videos as part of my AML training, we … Continue reading

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Pass the popcorn

My telly viewing habits are rather old-fashioned: I like nothing better than watching a repeat of a beloved programme (original “Upstairs, Downstairs” and “Poldark”, I’m talking about you) and I steer clear of anything gory, violent, scary or – saints … Continue reading

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Words speaking louder than actions

Now I know it’s important to Think Big – to have goals and targets and ambition.  But you can take it too far.  And I rather think that in their recent “Economic Crime Plan 2019-2022” the joint forces of HMG … Continue reading

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On their own authority

Over a two-decade career in AML, one of the things I have noticed is the “normalisation” of the terms “money laundering” and “AML”.  When I first started out, I had to explain to everyone non-finance-y what money laundering was and … Continue reading

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Rock and roll lifestyle

I don’t often use this blog simply to repeat money laundering stories that are already in the press but some are just too good to ignore.  May I introduce you to Paul Bettie.  He’s sixty-five now, but back in the … Continue reading

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Launderer seeks splendour without diminishment

It cannot have escaped your notice that Canada is in a lather about its real estate sector being used for money laundering.  Stories are appearing seemingly every day about some new scheme or other that has been uncovered, thanks in … Continue reading

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Inside the tent but still p***ing in

In my guise as a magistrate I have become familiar with a thrilling document called the “Magistrates’ Court Sentencing Guidelines”.  It’s an entirely public, well, publication, as justice is meant to be transparent and accessible to all.  And if you … Continue reading

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