Historical overview

  • Petrus C. van DuyneEmail author
  • Jackie H. Harvey
  • Liliya Y. Gelemerova


The fight against crime-money as we know it today has a history of nearly half a Century, or even longer if we include the cases against the pre-World War II American gangsters, who were also tackled financially, such as Al Capone. We will only lightly touch on this ‘pre-history’. The fight against crime money obtained a more recognisable contour after the first relevant legislation in 1970 – the US Bank Secrecy Act – after which the policy needed another 15 years to unfold and subsequently to ‘ripen’. To appreciate the present ‘fruits’ of policy making and legislation we think it appropriate to look back in history.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Petrus C. van Duyne
    • 1
    Email author
  • Jackie H. Harvey
    • 2
  • Liliya Y. Gelemerova
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Penal LawTilburg UniversityTilburgThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Newcastle Business SchoolNorthumbria UniversityNewcastle upon TyneUK
  3. 3.University of ManchesterManchesterUK

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