Tag Archives: white collar crime

A family business

I think I have written before about crime – including money laundering – often being a family business.  There are many advantages: for instance, there is absolute loyalty (twice over: blood and business), and there is nothing suspicious about the … Continue reading

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Ladies first

In an era when we have the first female Doctor Who, female heads of the Met, the London Fire Brigade and the London Ambulance Service, and a female sort-of-Prime Minister, it is perhaps only right that women should be in … 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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Feeling the benefit

One of my very favourite things in my professional life is the concept of criminal benefit.  I like what this says about our attitude to crime and those who commit it.  Put very simply – and I am sure a … Continue reading

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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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