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United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Global Programme against Money-Laundering, Proceeds of Crime and the Financing of Terrorism

Through the Global Programme, UNODC encourages states to develop policies to counter money-laundering and the financing of terrorism, monitors and analyses related problems and responses, raises public awareness about money-laundering and the financing of terrorism, and acts as a coordinator of initiatives carried out jointly by the United Nations and other international organizations.

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Model Legislations on Money-Laundering

The GPML has developed, in collaboration with UNODC's Legal Advisory Section and International Monetary Fund, model laws for both common law and civil law legal systems, to assist countries in setting up their anti-money-laundering/countering the financing of terrorism legislation in full compliance with international legal instruments. In this regard three model laws have been developed. These model laws, which serve as working tools for Member States, are in a continuous process of upgrading, encompassing new international standards. The laws are intended to be adjusted to the particularities of national legal systems and administrative cultures.

UNODC and IMF Model Legislation on Money-Laundering and Financing of Terrorism

Model Provisions for Common Law Legal Systems on Money-Laundering, Terrorist Financing, Preventive Measures and the Proceeds of Crime



International Money-Laundering Information Network (IMoLIN)/Anti-Money-Laundering International Database (AMLID)

IMoLIN, a one-stop anti-money-laundering/countering the financing of terrorism research resource, was established in 1998 by the United Nations. This multi-faceted website serves the global anti-money-laundering community by providing information about national money-laundering and financing of terrorism laws and regulations and contacts for inter-country assistance. Inter alia, it identifies areas for improvement in domestic laws, countermeasures and international co-operation. The information on IMoLIN is freely available to all internet users, with the exception of AMLID, which is a secure database.

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International Money Laundering Through Real Estate and Agribusiness - Fausto Martin De Sanctis
Call Number: 343.9.024 S263
ISBN: 9783319520681
Publication Date: 2017-02-20
This book examines two types of transnational money laundering: the use of offshores and wire transfers to "invest" in real estate; and agribusiness, a nebulous activity that is difficult to regulate. The author also examines current international mechanisms to combat money-laundering; whether these efforts have been successful or unsuccessful; and whether multilateral instruments are an effective tool in the war against international organized crime.

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Criminal Capital: How the Finance Industry Facilitates Crime - Stephen Platt
Call Number: 343.9.024:336.7 P53 [9844]
ISBN: 9781137337290
Publication Date: 2015-01-12
In the first book to expose the role played by the international financial services industry in facilitating crime and laundering criminal property, one of the world's leading anti-financial crime specialists scrutinises the vulnerability of banks, brokerages, trust companies, and investment funds to criminal abuse. Discover: - How the finance industry enables corruption, drug trafficking, terrorism, human trafficking, proliferation, piracy, and tax evasion - Why extreme and dangerous industry behaviour correlates with the risk taking that toppled the global economy in 2008 - What measures can be taken to prevent criminals from compromising the legitimacy of the global financial system Examining the role of the traditional powerhouse financial centres as well as offshore centres and rapidly emerging international financial centres in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia, this highly informative book challenges the reader to consider whether following the 2008 crisis, sufficient steps have been taken to address toxic behaviours in financial services; or whether radical reform is needed.

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The Laundry Man - Kenneth Rijock
ISBN: 9780241954768
Publication Date: 2014-11-05
Meet Ken Rijock. Twice-decorated Vietnam veteran. High-flying lawyer. And one of the world's biggest money launderers.In 1980s Miami Ken Rijock was the middle man between the Columbians and the Mafia flooding America's streets with cocaine and marijuana. Every Friday, carrying hundreds of thousands of dollars in a tattered suitcase, he would fly by private jet to a tax haven in the Caribbean. Rijock's operation was responsible for 'cleaning' over $200 million of dirty cash. And all the time he was in love with a cop.It finally came crashing down when a client testified against him. He agreed go undercover for the FBI, and he now works with banks and governments to track the new generation of money launderers.This is the story of The Laundry Man.'A remarkable story of an ordinary man caught up in an extraordinary life.' Underground Book Club

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Human Dimensions in Organised Crime, Money Laundering and Corruption - Petrus C. van Duyne (Editor); Jackie Harvey (Editor); Georgios A. Antonopoulos (Editor); Klaus von Lampe (Editor); Almir Maljevic (Editor); Jonathan Spencer (Editor)
ISBN: 9789058509833
Publication Date: 2013-04-15
Organized crime, whether or not in its transnational manifestation, is usually depicted in huge threatening dimensions. However, despite this sometimes superhuman representation, one should not forget that we are dealing with a human phenomenon and, therefore, should not lose sight of the corresponding human dimensions. In this volume of the Cross-border Crime Colloquium series, 26 European experts present their latest and on-going studies and research findings. The contributions cover a range of subjects which are of lasting interest for researchers, as well as policy-makers: organized crime, criminal finances, money laundering, and corruption. They make us aware of the human dimension in misdeeds, as well as the related policy making.

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The Money Laundry - J. C. Sharman
ISBN: 9780801450181
Publication Date: 2011-11-01
A generation ago not a single country had laws to counter money laundering; now, more countries have standardized anti-money laundering (AML) policies than have armed forces. In The Money Laundry, J. C. Sharman investigates whether AML policy works, and why it has spread so rapidly to so many states with so little in common. Sharman asserts that there are few benefits to such policies but high costs, which fall especially heavily on poor countries. Sharman tests the effectiveness of AML laws by soliciting offers for just the kind of untraceable shell companies that are expressly forbidden by global standards. After dealing with providers in countries ranging from the Seychelles and Somalia to the United States and Britain, Sharman demonstrates that it is easier to form untraceable companies in large rich states than in small poor ones; the United States is the worst offender.

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Money Laundering Prevention - Jonathan E. Turner  Icon
ISBN: 9780470874752
Publication Date: 2011-06-07
A how-to guide for the discovery and prevention of the illegal transfer of money. Written for the private sector - where most money laundering takes place - this book clearly explains business professionals how to deter, detect, and resolve financial fraud cases internally. It expertly provides an understanding of the mechanisms, tools to detect issues, and action lists to recover hidden funds. Arming auditors, investigators, and compliance personnel with the guidance that, up until now, has been restricted to criminal investigators, Money Laundering Prevention provides nuts-and-bolts information needed to fully understand the money laundering process.


  • Crime, Law and Social Change  Icon
    Crime, Law and Social Change is a peer reviewed journal. It publishes essays and reviews on topics such as financial crime, political corruption, and environmental crime.
  • Forum on Crime and Society  
    Forum on Crime and Society is a United Nations sales publication issued by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, based in Vienna. It is published twice yearly in the six official languages of the United Nations: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish.
  • Journal of Financial Crime  Icon
    The Journal of Financial Crime is a quarterly issued journal. It covers topics such as specialised anti-corruption investigations, identity fraud, and cyber-crime: prevention and detection.
  • Journal of Money Laundering Control  Icon
    The Journal of Money Laundering Control is a quarterly, peer reviewed journal that covers multiple topics including organised crime and terrorist organisations, laundering with virtual money, and cost benefit analysis of proceeds of crime laws.

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