In this section we have provided a list of websites that you may be interested in visiting.
Other websites by Proximal Consulting
Proximal Consulting’s website provides information about the firm, our services and contact information.
The website that accompanies Peter Lilley’s ground-breaking book “Dirty Dealing: The Untold Truth About Global Money Laundering, International Crime and Terrorism”.
The website of the Financial Action Task Force on money laundering – an essential resource which provides the following information:
- A full version of the FATF 40 recommendations – the internationally endorsed global standards against money laundering and terrorist financing
- Full copies of all of the FATF’s reports
- Latest news and press releases
- Details of international initiatives
FATF’s focus is on Europe and therefore the information contained on this website provides a vital companion to data obtained from US government websites. All reports and documents are available in English and French.
The website of the United States Office of the Comptroller of the Currency provides general information on the money laundering problem in the United States. Here you can download the summary paper “Money Laundering: A Banker’s Guide to Avoiding Problems” which includes details of US legislative and regulatory standards to deter money laundering. Additionally the site details various official contact points within the US for money laundering information and/or reporting.
The United States Department of the Treasury Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) website contains comprehensive information on the global fight against money laundering. The site includes relevant FinCEN advisory notices which provide detailed intelligence on global problem areas or trends and are an excellent source of information.
Billy Steel’s Money Laundering Information website is a private website solely concerned with money laundering and has no commercial angle. Topics covered include:
- A brief history
- What is money laundering?
- How big is the problem?
- The money laundering process
- Stages of the process
- Money laundering methods
- How can we prevent it?
- Effects on financial institutions
- Business areas prone to money laundering
- UK legislation
- Money laundering offences
- International initiatives
- The future
- Conclusions and recommendations
Relevant international money laundering legislation
The website of the International Money laundering Information Network, which is run by the United Nations Office for Drug Control and Crime Prevention. Contains details of, and links to, current national AML legislation.
Pages on the FATF website that review its members’ compliance with the FATF’s recommendations and provide details of relevant national legislation.
The website of the United States Office of National Drug Control Policy. This is a very useful American government website providing detailed information and data on US national drug control initiatives. The site includes a comprehensive search facility as well as numerous documents that make reference to money laundering or cover the subject in depth. Additionally there are extensive lists of useful links on all areas of drug abuse.
The website of the United Nations Office for Drug Control and Crime Prevention contains information on the international legal framework, crime prevention, drug supply reduction and drug demand production. You can also download various publications and press releases. Whilst not specifically about money laundering, the site has a good search facility and gives good background information about the global drug problem. This site is related to www.imolin.org.
The website of the US State Department Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs. This site provides detailed information including the annual International Control Strategy Report, which contains a separate and ever larger sub-report on money laundering problems on a country by country basis.
Quantifying the amount of money laundering
A thought-provoking paper about the global extent of money laundering in Australia.
The website of the International Money Laundering Information Network, which is run by the United Nations Office for Drug Control and Crime Prevention. The site contains details of, and links to, current national AML legislation. This website also has links to national money laundering FIUs.
The website of the Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre (AUSTRAC) contains a large volume of useful data including relevant legislation, past annual reports, newsletters and forms.
The CIA world factbook provides key background information on a large number of countries and locations.
The website of the Criminal Intelligence Service of Canada which publishes annual reports about the scale, nature and extent of organized criminal activities in Canada.
The website of the Nathanson Centre for the study of organized crime and corruption. This site contains a very good listing of links to other sites of relevance, including:
- General sites on organized crime
- Organized crime groups: aboriginal, Asian, Chinese, Colombian, Italian, Japanese, Mexican, Nigerian, motorcycle gangs, Russian, Vietnamese and youth gangs
- Organized crime activities: alien smuggling, computer crimes, corruption, counterfeiting, money laundering, narcotics trafficking, narco-terrorism, securities fraud, smuggling
- Transnational organized crime
The site also provides links to organized crime enforcement sites.
The Committee for a Safe Society has provided good set of links to information on organized crime.
The website of Transparency International, the global group dedicated to fighting corruption, includes access to the resources such as their Corruption Perceptions Index.
The US Office of Foreign Assets Control website contains full details of all individuals and companies against which the United States has imposed sanctions, including terrorists (note: the lists are mainly in PDF form, which on occasions makes loading them a tedious process).
A free search facility for the US OFAC lists, which appears to be very effective and removes the need to view PDF files in their entirety.
Complete listings of all sanctions in force by UK authorities.
The current list of the FATF’s non-cooperative countries and territories.
The complete list of FinCEN advisory notices, specifically relevant to individual country risks.
Terrorism and terrorist financing
The website of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States (the 9/11 commission) includes a full version of the 9/11 commission report for download. This document demands to be read: not only for the detailed narrative of the attacks on the US in 2001 but also because it is expertly written and provides an excellent analysis of the background and development of Al-Qaeda.
The section of the US Department of Treasury’s website covering Terrorism and Financial Intelligence provides details of the US Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) actions together with various briefing papers on individual terrorist groups.
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty’s website: you can subscribe here for a useful regular e-mail newsletter on organized crime and terrorist issues. Additionally you can download previous issues.
The website of Global Witness, which investigates and campaigns to prevent natural resource related conflict and corruption, and associated environmental and human rights abuses. The site has a downloadable copy of the “For a Few Dollars More: How Al-Qaeda moved into the diamond trade” report.