Tag Archives: organised crime

Just do the math

I am currently reading “How Not to Be Wrong” by American mathematician Jordan Ellenberg.  Not that I am wrong very often, of course, but it pays to protect one’s elevated position.  In truth, I scraped by in my maths A-level, … Continue reading

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‘Dammed if you do

In a rather handy follow-on to my last blog post, which discussed my reasons for supporting the inclusion in the AML family of businesses that sell services for cash, Amsterdam’s administrative court has taken an interesting step.  A team of … Continue reading

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The dawning of reality

When I read this story, I had to check the date and make sure that it wasn’t April Fools’ Day, but no, it seems that it’s on the level.  A large Irish law firm called Matheson has launched a phone … Continue reading

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Brains as well as brawn

Maybe it’s because it sounds like complaint, but I often encounter the assumption that people who work in compliance are dreary, dull fellows, nit-picking and carping for a living, finding fault in other people’s work and lives, and generally being … Continue reading

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The conviction that keeps on giving

It’s an old joke – “I’ve been married for twenty years; you get less for murder” – but in the UK, at least, that’s true.  According to reputable research, the average sentence for a murderer in the UK is sixteen … Continue reading

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A bum note

It’s on its way out, that banknote of choice for the money laundering fraternity: on 4 May 2016 the European Central Bank announced that it will stop issuing the €500 note at the end of 2018, “taking into account concerns … Continue reading

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Nasty things indeed

Today I received a fabulous email.  It came to my work email address – no surprise there, as this is plastered all over this blog and my website and so is easily harvested – and makes reference to a password … 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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Minnows and whales

At the end of June 2018, the Attorney General of British Columbia held a press conference to launch a report into his province’s gambling industry and its possible facilitation of money laundering.  Any uncertainty on the matter was removed pretty … Continue reading

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The back of beyond

When delivering AML training I like to include what clients often call “case studies”, but which are really just stories about how money laundering can happen.  The temptation is to focus on the big stories – the corrupt PEPs and … Continue reading

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