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7 financial crime podcasts you should listen to

A list of financial crime podcasts you can listen to on the go; from gripping stories of famous heists to conversations on the latest AML regulations.

Mariya Pattara
December 21, 2022

We compiled a list of financial crime podcasts that you can listen to on the go; from gripping stories of famous heists to conversations that discuss the latest anti- money laundering regulations.

1. Financial Crime Matters:  

In this podcast series, Kieran Beer, Chief Analyst at ACAMS engages in fast-paced conversations with the movers and shakers of the anti-financial crime world. The episodes cover discussions with industry veterans, authors, and financial crime regulatory professionals around the world about the latest financial scandals to hit newsstands and insights on trending financial crime topics.

Recommended episodes: ‘The FinCEN Files: Understanding the story behind the story’, a gripping interview by Kieran Beer with Mike Hudson and Spencer Woodman where they detail their 16-month investigation covering over 2000 leaked Suspicious Activity Reports (SAR) from 2012 to 2016 which revealed the systematic failures that led to billions of dirty money being laundered through the global financial system.

Average time of an episode: 22mins  

Listen here.

2. Bribe, Swindle or Steal

This podcast series hosted by Alexandra Wrage, president of TRACE, interviews luminaries in the field of ‘white collar’ financial crimes, including bribery, fraud, money laundering, insider trading, and more. The episodes that are released weekly have compelling titles that are as interesting as their contents; ‘Things are worse than we know', ‘Fat Leonard’ and 'The Tinder Swindler’ to name a few.  

Average length of an episode: 23 minutes

Listen here.  

3. The missing crypto queen

Dr Ruja Ignatova. The only woman in the FBI Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list.  

This podcast presented by Jamie Bartlett, BBC Radio 5 presents the story of greed, deceit, and herd madness of how Dr Ruja Ignatova persuaded millions to join her financial revolution through a cryptocurrency called the ‘One coin’ and disappeared.

The podcast, in 11 episodes, covers details of the scam, the inner workings of her company One Coin, the possible whereabouts of Dr Ruja Ignatova and more.  

Average duration of an episode: 34mins

Listen here.

You might also like A death in cryptoland: Hosted by Takara Small, this CBC podcast talks about how the apparent death of a young Canada crypto CEO, Gerald Cotton set off a cataclysmic chain of events that left about 76,000 people out of a quarter of a billion dollars and a trail of conspiracy theories, in 6 episodes.

4. The dark money files

A series of podcasts presented by Graham Barrow and Ray Blake, aims to explain to a non-technical audience how dark money enters the system through money laundering, corruption, bribery and tax evasion, infecting everything it touches. First aired in 2019, a new episode of the podcast is released every month on a wide variety of financial crime news and regulation topics-ranging from alternative money laundering methods to shocking scandals in the industry.

Average duration of an episode: 21 mins

Listen here.

5. The Lazarus Heist

“...the story telling, and production quality of this podcast is top tier, and they weave it all together into a beautiful tapestry of espionage, courage, and might” - Apple Podcasts customer review; October 2022.  

The Lazarus heist, famous for the sheer size, scale and enormity of a cyber-attack of its kind, was described by the BBC as ‘How North Korea almost pulled off a billion-dollar hack’. Narrated in 10 thrilling episodes, the podcast describes a hacking ring and their meticulously planned attempt to steal a billion dollars.  

Average duration of an episode : 40 minutes

Listen here.

6. The financial crimes

This podcast series, hosted by Tadeo (Jun) Claravall is one for the financial crime fighters worldwide. The episodes discuss industry reports, discusses experiences, best practices and career upskilling lessons for people on the forefront of fighting financial crime.

Average duration of an episode: 42 minutes.

Listen here  

7. FinCrime spotlight

Fintechs have disrupted the financial services industry and have transformed the ways in which we identify, monitor, and expose bad actors and criminal organizations.  

This podcast series, hosted by Fintrail, delves into industry leader experiences, fincrime investigations, examines the technology underpinning the industry, and explores the social impact of financial crime. The episodes range from a variety of topics, including the need for diverse teams in the fight against financial crime, employee fraud, insurance fraud, corruption, and organized crime, as lively conversations with prominent faces in the industry.

Average duration of an episode: 40 minutes

Listen here

Other recommended great listens:  

How to hide a billion pounds w/ Oliver Bullough by Novara Media

Imagine you had a few million ill-gotten gains. Where would you stash it to make sure no one knew it was yours, or where you’d nabbed it from? Apparently UK is one of the best places to do this.  

In this podcast episode, Oliver Bullough, the author of ‘Moneyland: Why Thieves and Crooks Now Rule the World and How to Take It Back’, and an investigative journalist, discusses the various channels money travels through designers, interior decorators or even tube stations and how it is hidden, spent, moved and invested, in a fun conversation with Ash Sarkar.  

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The lucky laundry: Nathan Lynch by Risky Women Radio

Nathan Lynch is a regulatory intelligence professional and author of ‘The Lucky Laundry’. In this podcast, he dives deep into the world of money laundering, its presence and effects in Australia; How It infiltrates real estate, costs billions in policing, and takes a terrible toll on Australian lives.

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Tom Burgis on Kleptopia- how dirty money is conquering the world by The Human Risk Podcast  

In this podcast episode, Tom Burgis, author of Kleptopia- how dirty money is conquering the world, talks about Kleptocracies, how they operate and why dirty money is increasingly a global problem. The interesting narration discusses the various mechanisms through which dirty money flows and who, globally, plays a part in facilitating it.

Listen here

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