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Get a Head Start on Your Reading List: Our 2022 Anti-Financial Crime Book Compilation

Financial crime has been a persistent problem in the modern world, and it can take many forms, from money laundering and fraud to insider trading and cybercrime. As technology and globalization continue to evolve, the ways in which financial crime is perpetrated are also changing, making it increasingly important for individuals and organizations to stay informed and take steps to prevent and combat it.

If you're looking to get a head start on your reading list for 2022 and learn more about financial crime, we've compiled a list of must-read books on the subject. From practical guides to in-depth analyses, these titles offer valuable insights and strategies for anyone looking to better understand and combat financial crime. So get your reading glasses ready and dive into our 2022 anti-financial crime book compilation.


Butler to the World: How Britain Became the Servant of Tycoons, Tax Dodgers, Kleptocrats and Criminals by Oliver Bullough

From the author of "Moneyland", Buttler to the World addresses UK's financial crime enablers catering to oligarchs, kleptocrats, and scammers. Coming out when the world is on high alert and realizing the Russian oligarchs' influence in London.


Money Men: A Hot Startup, a Billion Dollar Fraud, a Fight for the Truth by Dan McCrum

This is a story about Wirecard, a payment processing crime thriller that has a flavor of an international conspiracy, corruption, spying, and potential criminal charges. If you are more into reading than watching Netflix movies, you should definitely have this title on your shelf.


The Missing Cryptoqueen: The Billion Dollar Cryptocurrency Con and the Woman Who Got Away with It by Jamie Bartlett

After the brilliant podcast series, the Missing Cryptoqueen is now also in the print. And if you are expecting the book will contain most of the podcast content, you'd be surprised!


Too Big to Jail – Inside HSBC, the Mexican drug cartels and the biggest banking scandal of the century by Chris Blackhurst

This book debunks the saying "white-collar crime has no victims". It is an investigation of HSBC and its funding of the Sinaloa cartel, a tale of corporate greed, and gross mismanagement. It starts in Hong Kong and ranges across London, Washington, the Cayman Islands, and Mexico, where HSBC saw the opportunity to become the largest bank in the world, and El Chapo seized the chance to fuel his murderous empire by laundering his drug proceeds through the bank. It brings together an extraordinary cast of politicians, bankers, drug dealers, FBI officers, and whistle-blowers, and asks what price does greed have?


What’s the Matter with Delaware?: How the First State Has Favored the Rich, Powerful, and Criminal―and How It Costs Us All by Hal Weitzman

This is a book on how Delaware enabled international crime and sheltered tax dodgers. Known as “the incorporation capital of the world”, this state is the legal home to over a million companies, which is more than its residents. You will get to know better Delaware, its laws and practices, and why so many corporations, wealthy individuals, and criminals choose it.


Burning Bellatorum: The Story of a Forty Million Dollar Fraud and Its Priceless Lessons for Investors and Entrepreneurs by Chris Bentley

This is a real story detailing the $40 million fraud Chis committed running his company. Part-memoir part-manual, Burning Bellatorum is both, a riveting tale and a handy guide, reinforcing and summarizing sensible investment and business practices that readers ought to follow. With the hope of preventing others from making the same mistakes, Chris answers many common “how-to” questions with anecdotes and insights from his journey.

Why I think this book is important for anti-financial crime professionals - it is a great reminder that there are lots of grey areas and decision-makers in various business ventures have to learn a lot about regulations, fraud, white-collar crime, and the consequences of non-compliance. Also, don't forget to check out the episode we recorded in 2022 with Chris.

Which book (or maybe books) would you pick?

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