The Dark Money Files

The Dark Money Files

A series of podcasts which explain to a non-technical audience how "Dark Money" (e.g. money laundering, corruption, bribery, tax evasion) enters the financial system and infects everything it touches.

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October 11, 2021 19 min

Remediation programmes are becoming an all too frequent feature of life for financial crime compliance departments, so we we’ve put together a summary of good practice, do’s and don’ts and other things to consider when embarking on such a course of action.

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Sometimes you just have to go back to basics. And this week it's risk. 

Does low risk equal no risk? Is all risk equal? Should you ever do EDD on a low risk customer?

We answer these questions and many more.

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In this episode we wander away from traditional banking intro the world of informal value transfer systems. Oh, and we look at the price of missile launchers. But you’ll need to listen to understand why!

Link to the TBML paper written by John Zdanowicz

https://www.researchgate.net/profile/John-Zdanowicz/publication/46556338_Trade-Based_Money_Laundering_and_Terrorist_Financing/links/02e7e534489c545100000000/Trade-Based-Money-Launderin...

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Occasionally, we record an episode which is truly an exclusive, and this is one of them.

This episode started life as a straightforward explanation of the use of art and auctions in money laundering schemes. And then it went off on the most unexpected and jaw dropping tangent. You’ll need to listen to understand how art, auctions, sanctions and shell companies relate to the explosion in Beirut and the world of money laundering.

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August 13, 2021 4 min

This is just a very quick episode to let everyone know about the upcoming Dark Money Conference. It's online so it doesn't matter where in the world you are and it' going to be great! link to the website: https://darkmoneyconf.com/

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August 6, 2021 22 min

We interrupt our series on Alternative Laundries to review the recent FCA Dear CEO AML letter which, whilst aimed squarely at UK financial institutions, will have relevance across the world, especially where those global banks have UK retail operations.

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In the second part of our Alternative Laundries series, and against all the odds, we turn our attention to casinos and gambling. It's a big deal!

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July 12, 2021 18 min

In this episode, we dive into the world of alternative money laundering methodologies, starting with lending and insurance.  And we find out that, with a bit of imagination, any store of value can be used to launder money - sometimes in surprising ways!

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June 24, 2021 18 min

Following the news that the FBI and Australian Federal Police had managed to seed a bogus “encryption device” into a huge global network of organised criminal gangs, followed by an equally global set of raids, arrests and asset seizures, we review what we know, alongside the recent Encrochat hack and surmise what this might mean in the fight against global organised crime.

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In this episode we talk all things FIU along with the history and role of the Egmont Group. We discover the different flavours of FIU and how they work with the other elements of government and the law.

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May 4, 2021 17 min

In this episode we look at the role of critical thinking in the world of Financial Crime Compliance. What it is, how it works and some examples of critical thinking in practice. 

And we conclude that it is one of the most important skills necessary for effective risk management.

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April 23, 2021 20 min

With the breaking news that ABN AMRO have been fined just under €500m and three former executives are currently subject to a criminal investigation, we draw out the main themes emerging from the report.

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In this episode we talk about the recent criminal charges brought against NatWest Bank and liken the underlying issues to boiling a frog. Of course. 

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In this week’s episode we deconstruct a  recent paper from the.United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime which defined what is meant by an illicit financial flow and which proposed a statistical framework for reporting on them.

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In this episode, we look at the newly enacted Corporate Transparency Act, specifically in relation to the new beneficial ownership requirements in the US, how they will work, who is affected and areas for improvement.

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January 17, 2021 21 min

The massive explosion in Beirut. Sanctioned individuals. Dangerous chemicals. UK shell companies. ISIS. Russia. Syria. What connects them all? 

We do.

There is an accompanying article on The Dark Money Files LinkedIn page.

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January 5, 2021 36 min

In the fourth and final part of our review of the year we talk about Woolly Rhinos, Chang'e 5 and Panto Dames. Recombinant vector vaccines, Edward Snowden and Dread Pirate Roberts. Plus we chuck in a quick review of the Egyptian dynastic period and life (or not) on Venus.

What's not to like!

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December 30, 2020 32 min

In a highly alliterative third part of our review of the year we talk about Jumbo Jets, Mexican Mammoths, PP Tapes, Kim and Kanye, the Beirut Blast, Dangerous Drugs and Strange Stars.

Join us for a meander through some of the well known (and less well known) stories from the summer of 2020.

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December 24, 2020 24 min

Following rapidly on the heels of Part One, we bring you part two of our review of the year. This time we chat about news stories from April to June including Kim Jon Un, David icke, Elon Musk and Dad's Army . But not necessarily in that order. Or in any order, really.

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December 23, 2020 30 min

In a complete departure from our normal podcast we bring you part one of an unscripted conversation between Ray and Graham, looking back at some of the major news stories of the year (noting to do with financial crime).

In this first part we cover January to March.

Please be aware, we are unashamedly open about our own beliefs which not everyone will agree with and that's OK. What we didn't want to bring you was some anodyne ...

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