Category Archives: White collar crime

A (rotting) rose by any other name

You’ve all heard me gripe about tax evasion – about how people seem to be able to perform all sorts of mental and financial gymnastics in order to convince themselves that it’s not really a crime, not like drug trafficking … Continue reading

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All the fun of the fair

My mother – herself one of two siblings – once told me that her greatest fear in bringing up an only child was how to teach me about fairness and sharing.  As it turns out, her fear was unfounded.  My … Continue reading

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The pen is mightier than the gavel

As I explained last time, I am currently knee-deep in preparation for my next workshop for experienced MLROs in Guernsey.  (You can read a bit more about it on the new Events page of my website.)  I just love doing … Continue reading

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Fare’s fair

With one of the main themes of Easter being forgiveness (the other is chocolate, of course), I have been mulling over the topic of financial redemption.  The week before last we had the story of the unnamed train fare cheat – … Continue reading

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Grubby around the collar

This year marks the 75th birthday of a concept that is central to those of us engaged in AML endeavours: white collar crime.  On 27 December 1939, American sociologist Edwin Sutherland gave a speech to the American Sociological Association, of which … Continue reading

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Should we really employ an evil genius?

A recent article in the Economist, entitled “Mwahahaha…: creativity and cheating“, describes some research undertaken at Harvard and the University of Southern California.  Participants were given tasks to test their honesty, and then different ones to assess their creativity.  And … Continue reading

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The trouble with paranoia…

…is that sometimes they really are out to get you.  I missed this case over the summer, but thankfully a friendly MLRO pointed it out to me.  Back in 2006, German Gustl Mollath went to the authorities with claims that his … Continue reading

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You cannot be serious!

Well hello!  I’m back, just in time to see something about tennis, which inspired my post title.  But you would be disappointed if I did not find a way to turn it around to money laundering, so here goes.  After … Continue reading

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My big fat gypsy let-down

I wasn’t going to write anything today, but I’m just so annoyed that I can’t help myself.  Over the weekend I recorded “My Big Fat Gypsy Fortune”.  I know we’ve had “MBFG Wedding” and “MBFG Valentine”, but I’ve managed to … Continue reading

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Love thy neighbour – but where will they park?

After my musings on tax earlier this week, my thoughts have turned naturally enough to PEPs.  Heavens, no – this is not the first time I have thought about these people.  (Actually, I was about to call them “these naughty … Continue reading

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