Tag Archives: NCA

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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Paying the piper

On 16 November 2016, the UK government’s Home Affairs Select Committee concluded its examination of the UK’s proceeds of crime regime by publishing the government response to the fifth report of the committee in the form of an appendix to … Continue reading

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Please hold – for six months

The Criminal Finances Bill is out, described in the Home Office press release as “legislation to tackle money laundering and corruption, recover the proceeds of crime and counter terrorist financing”.  When it was at the consultation stage, I responded – … Continue reading

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Most wanted

I’m not allowed to watch “Crimewatch”; my husband says that what with the money laundering and the magistracy and the financial crime fiction, I’m too obsessed with crime as it is.  He has a point.  But when he’s away, I … Continue reading

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SARs as information-sharing triggers?

Earlier this week, the head of the National Crime Agency, Keith Bristow, announced that his agency had entered into an information-sharing agreement with the ten largest British banks.  I have tried without success to find an official press release on … Continue reading

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Not nice people at all

I am not good with violence – certainly not dishing it out, but not even watching it.  I nearly keeled over into my popcorn during the chair-whipping scene in “Casino Royale”; after all, I had grown up with Bond films where … Continue reading

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NCA gets tough on consent

Because I am such a structured sort of person myself (big excitement last week, for instance, when the 2015 wall planner went up), I very much like the UK’s consent timetable.  That’s not what anyone else calls it, I daresay, … Continue reading

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So I’m not wasting my time

As you may have gathered, I’m rather keen on the old AML malarkey.  I was very , very lucky to stumble into it – having scraped through all my numerical exams by sheer bloody-mindedness, I would never have chosen or … Continue reading

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