Tag Archives: corruption

Adiós a la Cara de Piña

Panama has been in the news recently for its Papers, but long before then we had Noriega (or “Old Pineapple Face”, as his braver countrymen called him – behind his back, of course).  Indeed, when I started out as a … Continue reading

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Hold your Criminal Finance horses

Well, it’s here: the Criminal Finances Act 2017 has received Royal Assent.  And it has been quite an education in legislative procedure for me at least.  For instance, did you know that the progress of a Bill (before an Act … Continue reading

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Conspiring against criminal cash

I have written a few times before about the interesting stage that all countries go through as their criminals (alongside ordinary people, but I’m less interested in them) transition from cash to non-cash working patterns.  As a jurisdiction’s AML regime … Continue reading

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PEP promises

My short AML survey is still live (until 31 March 2017) so please do have a go if you haven’t yet: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/VM62T6K A few days ago I mentioned that I have responded to a consultation on draft new money laundering regulations … Continue reading

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Don’t do as I do

It will not surprise you to learn that I am no fan of Donald Trump; I think he is ill-informed, unprepared, tactless, uncontrolled and just plain nasty – and that’s on a good day.  But there’s not much I can … Continue reading

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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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Going off the rails

Welcome back, and may I wish you all a happy and peaceful 2017. India has certainly been in the money laundering news lately, what with its “demonetisation” of the most common banknotes on 8 November 2016 and the subsequent arguments … Continue reading

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Cash tales from the Raj

I am often asked whether what we are doing in the world of AML – namely due diligence, record-keeping, staff training and reporting of suspicions – is actually having a positive impact.  I’ve mulled on this before, and no doubt … Continue reading

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Anna Karenina and the assault rifle

PEPs = high risk = EDD.  But why?  The short answer is corruption: anyone with access to public influence and/or public money will be a target for criminals who want to gain that access for themselves.  Of course, the majority … 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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