Tag Archives: financial crime

Salvator emptor

The recent record-breaking sale of “Salvator Mundi” highlighted two things – one a surprise, and the other not.  The surprise was that this is the most expensive painting by Leonardo Di Caprio that has ever been sold.  I kid you … Continue reading

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Paradise polluted

Last week I went to a new gathering of people (oh, go on, you forced it out of me: I’ve joined the Women’s Institute) and when they asked what I do and I gave the potted description, several of them … Continue reading

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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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The UK’s reporting report card

Well, we in the UK are streets ahead of our EU neighbours in one regard at least: the number of SARs we submit to our FIU.  At the start of September, Europol published a report entitled “From Suspicion to Action: … Continue reading

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Laying the (shaky) foundations

No-one who has heard me speak or read my blog will be surprised to hear that I am a devout Remainer.  As someone whose parents had vivid memories of (and occasional nightmares about) the Second World War and its aftermath, … Continue reading

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What’s in a name?

Name changes are a tricky thing.  Remember when Royal Mail decided to call itself Consignia?  That lasted for about a year until it was quietly shelved.  (Mind you, Brad’s Drink was renamed Pepsi-Cola in 1898, and that seems to have … Continue reading

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Maman’s the word

I know that AML and CFT go together.  I’m not convinced that they belong together, but I am swimming against the tide, which seems to favour putting all financial crime into the same category.  And so I am careful to … 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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Plea for proof

Over two decades of AML training, I have heard many questions over and over again.  I don’t mind this at all, and I like to think that I have refined my answers so that they are more succinct and helpful.  … Continue reading

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Gamekeeper turned poacher

Last week my husband and I were on one of those long car journeys when you discuss all sorts of crazy things just to keep the boredom at bay.  We were talking about careers and whether we would choose the … Continue reading

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