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Writing a wrong

Last week I wrote a blog post about French gangster Jacques Cassandri, who is currently on trial for laundering the proceeds of a bank robbery that he claimed,in a book he wrote, to have masterminded.  And this has started me … Continue reading

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The Ethics Factor

I’ve never watched “Strictly”, or “Big Brother”, or “I’m a Celebrity”, so it’s safe to say that I am not a fan of reality shows.  But in the Economist this week I read about one reality show that I would … Continue reading

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EU, FIUs, STRs and AML

Last week Europol – or, more fully, the European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Cooperation – published a report entitled “From Suspicion to Action – Converting financial intelligence into greater operational impact”.  The report examines the AML framework within the … Continue reading

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A tweet farewell

As you may have gathered, I have been away for the past month.  With only intermittent wifi access, and a long-overdue need for some downtime, I tried to take a complete break from work.  Of course, I was not completely … Continue reading

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You can lead a horse to water

As you know, at the end of June we were gifted with new AML legislation here in the UK.  One of its main features was an absolute clarification about the AML status of estate agents: “In these Regulations, ‘estate agent’ … Continue reading

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Measuring the uncountable

One of the hardest aspects of any AML regime is measuring its effectiveness.  A bit like insurance, it’s trying to quantify what might have happened if you hadn’t had it.  (That sounds like a nightmare sentence from the translation paper … Continue reading

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Thoroughly Modern Piggies

So tell me: what did you do this weekend?  Sit in the garden?  Sail to France?  Slap a few prawns on the barbie?  I did none of these: instead, I sat at my desk, surrounded by the new Money Laundering, … Continue reading

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The AML rank and file

So here we are, with the final piece of analysis of our AML survey.  The last question was the most complicated: I asked “There are various things that could be done to change the way we approach AML (in principle, … Continue reading

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Cloudy, with a chance of optimism

I’m not an early adopter, as you probably know: my blog came late to the game (started in 2011, although I hope I have made up for it since then with my doggedness), and my website is rather old-fashioned (I’m … Continue reading

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The law is just the law

For my next survey question, I moved into the realms of fantasy (or at least, I hope it’s fantasy – with Brexit, nothing’s certain any more): “If all the AML obligations were removed from legislation and regulation, what would you … Continue reading

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