Tag Archives: asset forfeiture

The Beemer and the Batboat

I have written before about the fate of items confiscated from money launderers. Often, of course, the assets have gone: the money has been spent on consumables such as fine wines and fancy holidays.  But criminals do like to surround … Continue reading

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Riches beyond imagination

If you were asked to prove where all of your assets have come from, could you do it?  For myself, I have the mortgage documents for the house, and the original receipt for my car (bought for £4,950 cash in … 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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Wishing you a speedy recovery

I have been working in Jersey this week, and at the start of the week it was announced that Jersey has undertaken to return to Kenya over £3 million of stolen assets, in an agreement signed by the Jersey Chief … Continue reading

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Going against the currency

A few posts ago I wrote about the Florida judge who did not consider bitcoin to be money in part because “it cannot be hidden under a mattress like cash and gold bars”.  Then I came across this BBC story … Continue reading

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A welcome mat for money launderers

For some months, a Home Affairs Select Committee of the UK parliament, under the chairmanship of Keith Vaz MP, has been taking evidence about the effectiveness of the UK’s proceeds of crime regime.  It has not been a happy story, … 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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Order, order – Unexplained Wealth Order

There’s nothing new under the sun, they say, and Unexplained Wealth Orders certainly comply with that dictum.  On 21 April 2016 the UK government announced its action plan (these days a simple plan is not enough: it must be galvanised … Continue reading

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Own goals

I have just watched a documentary on the investigation of corruption in FIFA (thanks, Jason, for recommending it) and I have to say that, even seasoned criminal-hater that I am, I was left speechless at the brazenness of the actions … Continue reading

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Back to laundering basics

Just to give you a breather after that last post, which taxed your brain cells, this time I am looking at the other end of the spectrum.  I was watching “Look East” a few days ago, which is our local … Continue reading

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