Tag Archives: proceeds of crime

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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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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E for effort

Here I am, back from my holiday, refreshed and raring to go.  I will admit that I was feeling rather jaded before my break, and wondering whether AML – or more specifically, AML and I – had run its course.  … Continue reading

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Source for the goose

I am about to shut down for a fortnight’s holiday – my next blog post will be on Monday 18 June – but I thought I would like to leave you with a clever idea to mull.  No, it’s not … 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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Hiding their light

A little while ago I had a moan (I know – hard to believe) about HMRC failing to publish information about its AML activities.  But it turns out that the fault is partly mine: I am just not looking hard … Continue reading

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KISS

Those of us who do AML for a living can sometimes focus on the big stories – the laundering of billions by corrupt PEPs, the emptying of state coffers by oligarchs, the earning of untold wealth by drug barons.  But … Continue reading

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Unsung heroes

My busiest jurisdiction – despite my post a few days ago – is Guernsey.  Working for Guernsey clients takes up about 60% of my time, and thanks to the approachability of their FIU (and in the past – but sadly … Continue reading

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The world is your lobster, Terence my son

One of the main challenges I face in AML training – which I have been doing since Abraham was a lad, it seems – is making people care about it.  I am quite immune to the groans and slumps that … Continue reading

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Facing up to laundering

In my last post I sang the praises of a Twitter-bot (I still don’t know what that means) which sends out an alert every time a plane associated with an autocratic regime visits Geneva airport, which strikes me as a … Continue reading

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