Tag Archives: fraud

Loving laundering

As you tuck into that heart-shaped box of chocolates and gaze at the dozens of red roses currently scenting your surroundings, spare a thought for the victims of romance fraudsters.  I have written about these poor people – poor in … Continue reading

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A laundering own goal

People sometimes ask me how I can bear to stick with just one subject for over twenty years – yes, that’s how long I have been AML-ing.  And I simply say that although the subject remains the same, and indeed … Continue reading

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Stubborn as a…

For those who roll their eyes when I explain my job, and say that it’s all a load of government-sanctioned nonsense to appease the do-gooders (yes, I’ve heard all of that), Santander has done some handy research.  Big Red (other … Continue reading

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A family business

I think I have written before about crime – including money laundering – often being a family business.  There are many advantages: for instance, there is absolute loyalty (twice over: blood and business), and there is nothing suspicious about the … Continue reading

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Feeling the benefit

One of my very favourite things in my professional life is the concept of criminal benefit.  I like what this says about our attitude to crime and those who commit it.  Put very simply – and I am sure a … 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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Cat food, trains and money laundering

It’s amazing what public opinion can do – let’s just say George Galloway and cats, and leave it at that.  Today I was browsing a motley assortment of websites, buying cat food and train tickets, and something caught my eye: … Continue reading

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Ignorance is the worst defence

In Hong Kong recently, an Indonesian domestic worker who allowed a friend to use her bank account to deposit the proceeds from a loan-sharking business (which charged interest rates of 1,000%) was jailed for money laundering.  At her trial, Ms … Continue reading

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ID and me

I’ve just been on holiday to Italy, where – in common with many EU and other countries – it is compulsory to carry photographic ID at all times.  The only photo ID I have is my passport; my driving licence … Continue reading

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Thrill-seekers and risk-takers

In a recent post I talked about the work of Keith Vaz as the chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee, which has been responsible – among many other things – for a review into the UK’s proceeds of crime … Continue reading

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