Tag Archives: tax evasion

Adiós a la Cara de Piña

Panama has been in the news recently for its Papers, but long before then we had Noriega (or “Old Pineapple Face”, as his braver countrymen called him – behind his back, of course).  Indeed, when I started out as a … 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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Hold your Criminal Finance horses

Well, it’s here: the Criminal Finances Act 2017 has received Royal Assent.  And it has been quite an education in legislative procedure for me at least.  For instance, did you know that the progress of a Bill (before an Act … Continue reading

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When legislation lets you down

For a couple of years I have been tracking the fortunes of “Les W”.  The Wildensteins are one of the highest-profile families in France; Wildenstein & Co was one of the most successful and influential art dealerships of the last … Continue reading

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Cash tales from the Raj

I am often asked whether what we are doing in the world of AML – namely due diligence, record-keeping, staff training and reporting of suspicions – is actually having a positive impact.  I’ve mulled on this before, and no doubt … 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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Don Donald?

I’m not going to hide it from you: I’m devastated by the Trump win.  Devastated and not a little scared.  I’m no fan of career politicians – I’d rather people did a proper job before turning to public service – … Continue reading

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The forgotten victims

Sometimes, what with all the law and policies and procedures, it is easy to forget that every money laundering or white collar crime case is about people.  Whether they are the perpetrators or the victims, the laundering or other crime … Continue reading

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Washing on a star

I will admit that when it comes to reality TV – whether it’s talent shows or making people eat bugs in the jungle or watching the banal lives of young adults in Essex or Chelsea – I’m a non-starter.  My … Continue reading

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Panama: a drop in the ocean

So the Panama Papers are Out There.  Hands up who has gone into the database and searched on their own name….  Of course I did, with such an unusual name – not that I have ever done anything myself, you … Continue reading

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