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Free download of financial crime novel

Some of you may know that my obsession with financial crime spreads into my personal life, and that my hobby is writing historical financial crime novels.  My first series is narrated by a magistrates’ constable in London in the 1820s, … Continue reading

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Planes and pandemics

One of the challenges of AML work is keeping up with the endless adaptability and imagination of criminals.  Unshackled by moral considerations, or by the need to report to risk committees or by the requirement to comply with legislation (quite … Continue reading

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I beg your pardon

Baron Black of Crossharbour is not my favourite person, as you may imagine, and it was a dark day in May 2019 when Donald Trump granted him a full pardon, citing Black’s “broad support from many high-profile individuals who have … Continue reading

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Regrets, he’s had a few

Here in the UK – and I am sure that many countries will have something similar – we have an organisation called the Restorative Justice Council.  The purpose of restorative justice, as explained on the RJC’s website, is “[to bring] … Continue reading

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Pass the popcorn

My telly viewing habits are rather old-fashioned: I like nothing better than watching a repeat of a beloved programme (original “Upstairs, Downstairs” and “Poldark”, I’m talking about you) and I steer clear of anything gory, violent, scary or – saints … Continue reading

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Money launder-gig

I’m always surprised – although I try not to show it – when people ask me how money laundering actually works, as there is an almost infinite number of ways in which criminals can move their money around.  Invent a … Continue reading

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The taxman triumphs

I’ve done a bit of HMRC-bashing in recent months (here and here) so it’s only fair that I now mention a laudable news story that they issued at the end of 2018: their list of top ten prosecutions of 2018, … Continue reading

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Just do the math

I am currently reading “How Not to Be Wrong” by American mathematician Jordan Ellenberg.  Not that I am wrong very often, of course, but it pays to protect one’s elevated position.  In truth, I scraped by in my maths A-level, … Continue reading

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Getting the hump with money laundering

My father spent most of his working life abroad and when my mother and I were being awkward, he used to roll his eyes and say, “In a sensible country, I’d be able to trade you two in for a … Continue reading

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The conviction that keeps on giving

It’s an old joke – “I’ve been married for twenty years; you get less for murder” – but in the UK, at least, that’s true.  According to reputable research, the average sentence for a murderer in the UK is sixteen … Continue reading

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