Tag Archives: Politically Exposed Person

Name and shame

We’re all used to lists and databases.  There are sanctions screening systems and PEP screening systems.  Within their organisations, MLROs have access to client databases.  And, to a greater or lesser extent, jurisdictions are getting on board with beneficial ownership … Continue reading

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Head, brick wall, etc.

I first started designing and delivering AML training in 1996.  That’s a full quarter-century ago.  And can you imagine how many times I have said, over those twenty-five years, things like “check regularly for PEPs – regulators are hot on … Continue reading

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Ho-ho-ho and CDD

I am assuming that one or two of you might be at work today, so let us turn our AML minds to an important seasonal matter: conducting CDD on Father Christmas.  For this particular individual even the most basic identity … Continue reading

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Is that why it’s called a PEP rally?

I am of An Age where every working surface in our house has been equipped with a cheap pair of reading glasses – who knows when I will need to read that care label, cooking instruction or baffling piece of … 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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Tainted treasures indeed

I have always been a swot, living mainly in my head.  Physically I’ve never been much cop; I was always the one picked last – and even then, reluctantly – for sports teams, and my clumsiness is legendary.  But in … Continue reading

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Some are more equal than others

The connection between PEPs [politically exposed persons] and money laundering is recognised: with access to public influence and public money, these individuals in positions of high public service can fall prey to their baser desires and start feathering their private … Continue reading

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Anna Karenina and the assault rifle

PEPs = high risk = EDD.  But why?  The short answer is corruption: anyone with access to public influence and/or public money will be a target for criminals who want to gain that access for themselves.  Of course, the majority … Continue reading

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Exposed to scrutiny

As an author myself, desperate to understand the vicissitudes of the book-buying public, I devour any articles on the publishing industry.  In the Economist recently there was a piece about the growing demand for children’s books in China, now that … Continue reading

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Just how close is close?

PEPs are a perennial and perplexing problem.  Who they are, how long they stay like that for, and what to do about them anyway – headaches all along the line.  But one aspect of PEPitude that has been exercising (perhaps … Continue reading

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