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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January 27, 2022 27 min

We bring this trilogy of episodes around transaction monitoring failures to an end with a final review of the NatWest case and a comparison with the recent fine levied against HSBC.

What’s that got to do with a King, his cleaner and a thirsty aspidistra? You’ll need to listen to find out!

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In this episode we bring you the second part of our deep dive into the criminal prosecution of NatWest through the lens of the Statement of Facts which accompanied the guilty verdict.

This time, amongst other things, we cover smelly banknotes and bin bags full of cash.

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In this episode we bring you part one of a deep dive into the criminal prosecution of NatWest 
through the lens of the Statement of Facts which accompanied the guilty verdict.

No matter where you are in the world, given the ubiquity of AML regulations, this will be relevant to you and your organisation.

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December 26, 2021 15 min

In this episode we want to move away from always being suspicious and look at the other side of the coin. Can we use green flags to help identify suspicious behaviour from a very different angle?

And do we need to be cautious in our use of whitelists?

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December 8, 2021 20 min

In this episode we enthusiastically review the new advanced search function recently launched on the Companies House website. We also make a heartfelt plea for other corporate registers to look and learn from the huge potential gains in proactively managing corporate financial crime risk that it facilitates.

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December 4, 2021 21 min

In this episode we look at how the FCA’s REP-CRIM report can assist firms in assessing the effectiveness of their AML controls through both trend analysis and benchmarking against their peers.  And we explain how  trend analysis such as this can benefit all financial institutions wherever they do business. 

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In this episode we review the need for firms to review, and adjust as necessary, their financial crime control environment. We also talk about some of the triggers which might cause these adjustments and the actions which might follow.?

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October 27, 2021 20 min

In this episode we give our views on the Pandora Papers and some of the broader considerations which might flow from their release.

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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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September 27, 2021 16 min

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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