Tag Archives: white collar crime

Conspiring against criminal cash

I have written a few times before about the interesting stage that all countries go through as their criminals (alongside ordinary people, but I’m less interested in them) transition from cash to non-cash working patterns.  As a jurisdiction’s AML regime … Continue reading

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Queen of all I survey

I’ve been doing this AML malarkey now for a quarter of a century.  It was never the grand plan, but it seems that I have devoted my working life to keeping criminal money out of the financial and related systems.  … 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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Still selling their souls

In my spare time I think about financial crime, because I am the author of a series of historical financial crime novels set in London in the 1820s.  When I tried to interest publishers in the first in the series, … 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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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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Forget the carrot – where’s that stick?

Years, nay, decades ago, when I started out in AML training, I vowed to myself that my training would be different.  It would not concentrate on money laundering penalties, or feature the phrases “clapped in irons”, “bread and water” or … 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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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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Diamond geezers

I have been working in AML now for, well, let’s just say more than two decades.  People often ask whether I find it boring, and I can perfectly honestly say that I don’t.  And for that, I have to thank … Continue reading

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