Tag Archives: suspicion

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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ID and me

I’ve just been on holiday to Italy, where – in common with many EU and other countries – it is compulsory to carry photographic ID at all times.  The only photo ID I have is my passport; my driving licence … Continue reading

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Making a money laundering ass of yourself

It will come as no surprise at all to you to learn that I am the Neighbourhood Watch co-ordinator for my little street in Cambridge – the Neighbourhood Witch, as my husband likes to call me.  (Don’t worry: he pays … Continue reading

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A matter of administration

Recently I watched the film “The Fifth Estate”, about WikiLeaks and Julian Assange – and, along the way, also about the nature of privacy, the meaning of security and the impact of hypocrisy.  The Panama Papers have raised similar issues, … Continue reading

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