Nigel's Eyes

20221115 The Philosopher of Financial Crime

I've been described as "the philosopher of Financial Crime."

So that's nice.

I've also been complimented on the diverse range of disciplines I look into in order to better understand my subject - and to be able to communicate it. Such as psychology.

#psychology creates near schizophrenia in me: on the one hand it's absolutely central to understanding a huge part of the behaviour of the myriad individuals that commit financial crime. It's also extremely important when designing policies and procedures especially for getting "buy-in."

But when it comes to failure, to trying to correct shortcomings, it's next to useless.

It's one of the core aspects of Understanding Suspicion in Financial Crime - why don't people recognise suspicious activities and why don't they report it when they do?

All too often #regulators bring action against a #bank for failing to make reports but no one asks, in most cases, how that #failure arose.

#Prosecutors stand before #courts stuck because there is almost no #judicial #authority as to what suspicion is in this context. But there are indicators and these can be explained to #judges and #juries. If prosecutors know what they are looking for.

Be it #fraud, #corruption, #embezzlement, #trafficking or other financial crime, everything comes down to #suspicion: was an #SAR filed? If not why not? Who is to #blame?

And why is it so difficult to change mindsets? And where does philosophy come in?

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