One way to learn how to search for hidden assets is to read “A Laundry List For An Asset Search.” Another way is to study money laundering typologies. Money laundering typologies are used by law enforcement and regulators to develop countermeasures against emerging criminal trends. “100 Cases from the Egmont Group” contains a wide variety of money laundering typologies.¹ Although “100 Cases from the Egmont Group” arises from data collected during the 1990s, it is still relevant today. “100 Cases from the Egmont Group” describes these methods for concealing assets:
- Concealment within existing business structures
- Misuse of legitimate businesses
- Use of false identities, documents or straw men
- Exploiting international jurisdictional issues
- Use of anonymous asset types
Below is the money laundering typology “Example B: Limited edition jewellery.”² It is about an agent who participated in an auction for a diamond necklace. The agent tried to conceal monies from suspected frauds by using multiple jurisdictions; offshore bank accounts & a portable valuable commodity—a diamond necklace.
¹”100 Cases From The Egmont Group” courtesy of The Egmont Group of Financial Intelligence Units.
²“Example B: Limited edition jewellery” courtesy of The Guernsey Financial Services Commission.
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