Tag Archives: proceeds of crime

Money launder-gig

I’m always surprised – although I try not to show it – when people ask me how money laundering actually works, as there is an almost infinite number of ways in which criminals can move their money around.  Invent 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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Adding some blacking to the UK pot

Any crime that generates money can lead to money laundering, but one of the biggies – and one of the most worrying for governments, with its reputational implications – is corruption.  We tend of think of high-level, regime-toppling corruption (naming … Continue reading

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Laundering and llamas

The last time I played a game on a screen was in about 1980, when my friend and I discovered the joys of Pong – that table-tennis-ish game with two bats (OK, white lines) that you moved up and down … Continue reading

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The award no-one wants

As you know, we are deep in awards season.  (Is anyone else baffled by the all-conquering success of “The Favourite”?  I like Olivia Colman as much as anyone, and the film is certainly entertaining and lovely to look at, but … Continue reading

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The ultimate in white collar crime

We’ll get back to serious stuff soon, I promise, but as we ease ourselves into the new working year I thought you might enjoy this irresistible offer I received over the festive break, from the Pope.  Yes, the man himself: … Continue reading

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Wimples and wagers

In recent AML training I have found myself talking more and more about the “CDD jigsaw”.  As with all jigsaws, the CDD version involves gathering lots of little bits of information – some of which might seem indecipherable or unrelated … Continue reading

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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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The tarnish on golden visas

I have mentioned before the concept of “golden visas” and passports-for-sale.  In today’s politically uncertain world they are becoming ever more popular, and last month Transparency International published a report called “European Getaway: Inside the Murky World of Golden Visas”.  … 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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