Tag Archives: suspicion

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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The law of the wild

In a quest to find a country that is still outward-looking and welcoming, I am going to have a look at Canada this summer.  Although I will still be keeping a weather eye on all things AML, please note that … 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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More haste, less progress

I’m one of those annoying people who take deadlines really, really seriously.  Last year I accidentally prepared two tax returns because I did the first one so far in advance of the deadline that I clean forgot that I had … Continue reading

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Idling in neutral

One of the difficulties of running a specialist, one-person business is providing relevant training for the staff – i.e. me.  If an AML conference looks particularly ground-breaking I will sign up, but many of them go over (what is to … Continue reading

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Do as I say

I’m going to do to you what is often done to me: I am going to tell you my own anti AML story.  Actually, it’s an anti anti AML story – you’ll see. In deference to the diktats of the … Continue reading

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Artful dodges?

I have written before about the potential for money laundering presented by the art world.  Of course, I know this in theory only: I have never once been the customer of an art auction house.  (I spent some childhood years … Continue reading

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It pays to check

Last week I watched a programme called “What Britain Earns with Mary Portas”.  Although the title suggests that this was a limited look at the earnings of people who are in business with Mary Portas, it was in fact a … Continue reading

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Please hold – for six months

The Criminal Finances Bill is out, described in the Home Office press release as “legislation to tackle money laundering and corruption, recover the proceeds of crime and counter terrorist financing”.  When it was at the consultation stage, I responded – … Continue reading

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Ignorance is the worst defence

In Hong Kong recently, an Indonesian domestic worker who allowed a friend to use her bank account to deposit the proceeds from a loan-sharking business (which charged interest rates of 1,000%) was jailed for money laundering.  At her trial, Ms … Continue reading

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