Tag Archives: communication

The dawning of reality

When I read this story, I had to check the date and make sure that it wasn’t April Fools’ Day, but no, it seems that it’s on the level.  A large Irish law firm called Matheson has launched a phone … Continue reading

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Is that wig made of wool or wolf?

A phrase I use quite often in training is, “You’d think so, wouldn’t you?”.  As in, “If the payment is coming to us from another regulated bank, won’t they have done all the checks?”  Or, “Given that CDD checks have … Continue reading

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Cloud cuckoo Brexit

Don’t worry: I’m not going to tell you again how I feel about Brexit.  This update is purely about the AML implications for those of us left behind in the cast-adrift, backwards-looking, isolationist UK.  As you know, the European Fifth … Continue reading

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A bum note

It’s on its way out, that banknote of choice for the money laundering fraternity: on 4 May 2016 the European Central Bank announced that it will stop issuing the €500 note at the end of 2018, “taking into account concerns … Continue reading

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Made to measure

About once a year I will say in a dreamy voice, “Perhaps I should do a PhD in criminology…”.  I love the idea of spending months in the library as I craft my thesis, and then becoming the first-ever Dr … Continue reading

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The cheque less travelled

One of the things that enticed me to write historical crime novels focusing on financial crime was the realisation – when I was doing some research into the history of a particular bank – that the specific tools may change … Continue reading

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Nostra culpa

I take no credit at all for spotting this – it’s all down to Timon Molloy, editor and super-sleuth at Money Laundering Bulletin.  But my new favourite financial institution is Danske Bank.  Now I know what you’re thinking: surely they’re … Continue reading

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The back of beyond

When delivering AML training I like to include what clients often call “case studies”, but which are really just stories about how money laundering can happen.  The temptation is to focus on the big stories – the corrupt PEPs and … Continue reading

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Hiding their light

A little while ago I had a moan (I know – hard to believe) about HMRC failing to publish information about its AML activities.  But it turns out that the fault is partly mine: I am just not looking hard … Continue reading

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Confession is good for the soul

Today’s question: in what way is an AML trainer like a Catholic priest?  Let me set the scene (which I shall keep deliberately vague, for reasons that shall become obvious).  Some time ago I was invited in to see a … Continue reading

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