Tag Archives: National Crime Agency

The new crimino-normal

Much as I try to ignore it – otherwise it absorbs our every waking moment, and some of our nightmares – I do occasionally find that there is an interesting nexus between the coronavirus and money laundering.  And this week … Continue reading

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No, no, no to UWO, UWO, UWO

Most of us in the world of AML have welcomed the advent of the Unexplained Wealth Order – the court order introduced by the Criminal Finances Act 2017, which can be served to compel either a PEP or someone involved … Continue reading

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The topic will be sin and that’s what I’m ag’in

At the beginning of April 2020 the UK’s National Crime Agency published its “National Strategic Assessment of Serious and Organised Crime 2020”.  Of course, much of this report looks at the damage being done by criminals but – as instructed … Continue reading

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The special joy of damage joy

I remember the first time I was told what schadenfreude means – pleasure derived from another’s misfortune.  I quickly realised what an essential component of life it is, and thought how odd it is that only the Germans have seen … Continue reading

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The stink of money laundering

Have you ever fibbed slightly about what you do for a living (that you work in AML) in order to avoid yet another tedious story about someone’s grandma who was with her bank for 312 years and STILL had to … Continue reading

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Inside the tent but still p***ing in

In my guise as a magistrate I have become familiar with a thrilling document called the “Magistrates’ Court Sentencing Guidelines”.  It’s an entirely public, well, publication, as justice is meant to be transparent and accessible to all.  And if you … Continue reading

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The plain un-SAR-nished truth

Remember when Hugh Grant was PM in “Love Actually” and he found out that his tea-lady’s ex-boyfriend had been nasty to her and offered to have the scoundrel assassinated by the “absolutely charming” SAS?  “Ruthless trained killers are just a … Continue reading

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The Brexit bonanza for baddies

You have probably guessed from recent tear-stained posts that I am not a fan of Brexit.  Having lived an international life surrounded – very happily – by people from all over the world, I rear up at the thought of … Continue reading

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Is that wig made of wool or wolf?

A phrase I use quite often in training is, “You’d think so, wouldn’t you?”.  As in, “If the payment is coming to us from another regulated bank, won’t they have done all the checks?”  Or, “Given that CDD checks have … Continue reading

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Money launder-bling

Working in Guernsey this week, I was talking to a client about the concept of the High Value Dealer (under local legislation, those who “[trade] in goods where there is received… a payment or payments in cash of at least … Continue reading

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