Tag Archives: NCA

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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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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Back to school

When I was eleven I spent four terms in a girls’ boarding school in Worcestershire – as an only child I did not take well to the lack of privacy, and by far my fondest memory is of a day … Continue reading

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Outside, looking in

Regular readers will know what a fan I am of Brexit.  I think it is the work of the devil, second only to “The One Show” for its ability to take something wonderful and then ruin it for everyone.  As … Continue reading

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Save our SARs

I am a fan of the philosophy of SARs: I think it is correct that businesses handling client money should be obliged to report to the authorities if they suspect that that money is the proceeds of crime or connected … Continue reading

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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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