Tag Archives: NCA

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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Operational concerns

It’s the silly season for news (although with Trump and Brexit, it’s hard to tell the difference) so here’s my contribution.  I was paging through the latest annual report from the National Crime Agency, released on 20 July, and I … 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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The UK’s reporting report card

Well, we in the UK are streets ahead of our EU neighbours in one regard at least: the number of SARs we submit to our FIU.  At the start of September, Europol published a report entitled “From Suspicion to Action: … Continue reading

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What’s in a name?

Name changes are a tricky thing.  Remember when Royal Mail decided to call itself Consignia?  That lasted for about a year until it was quietly shelved.  (Mind you, Brad’s Drink was renamed Pepsi-Cola in 1898, and that seems to have … Continue reading

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