1. You are offered a 15% discount on shoes if you purchase a particular brand.
2. A Tupperware store offers your TV channel $100 000 to promote their products.
3. A basketball team offers $500 000 to a TV station in return for positive coverage.
4. A shareholder offers a banker $750 000 in return for preferential interest rates and higher dividends.
Which of these do you think would qualify as bribery?
Continue reading Financial Crime III: Bribery
Anyone else binge-watching Suits? Admittedly, I have a weakness for attractive, well-dressed men, but this show is also proving to be a great source of inspiration for my Financial Crime series. Continue reading Financial Crime II: Insider Trading
Anyone who works in Finance is all too familiar with increasing regulations. These are put in place in order to prevent illegal activity, though financial crime continues to be a huge problem throughout the world. Continue reading Financial Crime Series I: Money Laundering
So you want to write about money – or rather, someone who commits crime for money. Where do you start?
Financial crime, or the fraudulent acquisition of property belonging to someone else, is a vast topic. We don’t read novels to learn about suspicious anomalies on the company balance sheet – if we’re not careful, dialogue can morph into info-dump, and characters can be dwarfed by organisations and governments.
So how do we avoid this? How do we strike the right balance between “too little” and “too much” information?
Continue reading Financial Crime for Writers: An Overview