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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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White collar crime

I’m back from my hols and – as promised – I did not succumb to the flattering blandishments of Karen Pierce, UN Officer, but rather immersed myself in history and gelato in Naples and then on the island of Ischia.  … Continue reading

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UN me – together at last

It has been the summer of daft emails for Thinking about Crime – perhaps the very hot weather has kept all of the scammers indoors even more than usual, crafting their approaches.  Hoping to appeal to my vanity and to … Continue reading

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You say potato, I say prison

It’s becoming something of theme, isn’t it – professional enablers?  I’ve certainly blogged about it before, as in this post.  And just last month the Financial Action Task Force released their own report into the phenomenon, entitled “Professional Money Laundering”.  … Continue reading

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Blind faith

The term “professional enabler” has a menacing tone to it, I always think.  We started hearing it back in 2014, when the UK’s National Crime Agency, in its “High End Money Laundering Strategy and Action Plan”, observed this: “The ability … Continue reading

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Ring ring

Don’t you just hate cold calls?  It’s a rare day when the media does not report on some new fraud being hawked by cold callers, usually in a foreign country so you can’t block their calls without blocking all overseas … Continue reading

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The fine art of future planning

Thanks to my capacious TV recording device – known in my house as the magic box – I rarely watch anything live any more, except the news and weather.  And so this weekend I finally got around to viewing a … Continue reading

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