Tag Archives: proceeds of crime

Back to school for AML

British public schools have a lot to answer for – David Cameron, BoJo, Michael Gove, rugby – but to this list we can now add money laundering.  I don’t want to claim any glory (well, maybe just a bit) but … Continue reading

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Getting the hump with money laundering

My father spent most of his working life abroad and when my mother and I were being awkward, he used to roll his eyes and say, “In a sensible country, I’d be able to trade you two in for a … Continue reading

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Once more with conviction

Every few months I indulge myself in a little daydream of doing a PhD in criminology.  Like all good daydreams, it’s rich in lovely feelings – imagine sitting in the library all day, thinking deep thoughts about money laundering, breaking … Continue reading

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Debt and dishonour

One* of the best things about writing this blog is that lots of lovely readers send me great stories.  David in London (I’m using only his first name out of deference to his security background, but with that security training … Continue reading

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A stain on the ivory towers

Money laundering through the property sector in the UK is not a new story – goodness, if you live in London and you don’t have at least three dodgy foreign PEPs in your local Neighbourhood Watch scheme, you’ll be feeling … 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 devil in the detail

I had an interesting phone call with a compliance officer the other day – she will recognise herself in this description.  We were talking about a possible suspicion, and I was impressed by both her attention to detail and her … 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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The bank of äiti ja isä

I have written before about money laundering staying in the family but it is usually only the adults who are involved.  A recent Finnish case has trodden new ground, with the conviction of a young man – sixteen at the … Continue reading

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