Tag Archives: money laundering

Lifelong learning

At the start of my working life, I did a self-assessment questionnaire which indicated that my strengths lay in keeping myself to myself (a team worker I ain’t) and in learning more and more about less and less – in … Continue reading

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The wagers of sin

What do Ben Affleck and Jennifer Tilly have in common?  If you said that they were once in a relationship, that’s the wrong Jennifer – Ben was married to Jennifer Garner and engaged to Jennifer Lopez (creating the social media … Continue reading

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Registering my displeasure

When I was a schoolgirl, in the late Victorian era, BO had a different meaning: if some poor soul had BO, you flapped your hand in front of your nose and worked the word “deodorant” into your conversation with them … Continue reading

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Calling a spade an earth spoon

If you’re a fan of the current UK government – and particularly the Eton mess whose name shall not be spoken – I suggest you stop reading now.  For my part, I consider them a corrupt regime equal to that … Continue reading

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Gone but not un-rotten

Last week a client asked me a question about dead PEPs, and in looking for the answer I realised that this is not a topic addressed by the regulator.  Which is odd, given that it is the inevitable final status … Continue reading

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The woes of UWOs

Unexplained Wealth Orders are now three years old.  Although many would like to see their reach expanded – divorce lawyers are particularly interested – they remain available only in cases involving PEPs or those suspected of serious criminality.  And indeed, … Continue reading

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Systems to manual

I have a confession: I love writing AML manuals.  I know, I know – it’s akin to saying that for Sunday lunch I enjoy a nice roast kitten with puppy gravy, but there it is.  Who knows when it started, … Continue reading

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Loophole in the wall

Cash is a problem during a pandemic.  Cash-intensive businesses like nail bars cannot trade, and takeaway food outlets have turned into delivery hubs with payment in advance by card.  Luckily, anyone desperate to offload their criminal cash has a new-ish … Continue reading

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Faint at art

It’s a tricky thing, art.  No – I don’t mean those arguments over whether an unmade bed or a black painted square is art, but the deliberations about when the art world is part of the AML community and when … Continue reading

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The young and the riskless

I never thought I’d say this, but there are two great advantages to being 55: (a) I’ve had my first covid jab (one shivery night afterwards but apart from that – woohoo!), and (b) I’m not being targeted quite as … Continue reading

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