Federal Agent Robert Mazur spent five years undercover as a money launderer to the international underworld, gaining access to the zenith of a criminal hierarchy safeguarded by a circle of dirty bankers and businessmen who quietly shape power across the globe. These men and women control multibillion-dollar drug-trafficking empires, running their organizations like public companies. Accountants, attorneys, and financial advisors, their roots run deep in their communities, and they are laundering billions of dollars a year, manipulating complex international finance systems to serve drug lords, corrupt politicians, tax cheats, and terrorists.
In 1987 Mazur began infiltrating BCCI, the bankers behind the Medellín cartel. He meticulously gathered evidence for years until, during a fake wedding, federal agents arrested over 40 high-ranking criminals, who were all found guilty and sent to prison. Never before told, this is the incredible true story of how he did it.
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I had just finished a book centered on the notorious BCCI bank, and this one fits well with that story. This Mazur is a smart guy, always thinking on his feet, and we get tons of details large and small here, as he walks us right into the luxury suites and office scenes of money laundering in that era, connecting of course to the Colombian cartels. Not only did Mazur have to keep up an Oscar-worthy act in real time as an undercover Customs agent posing as a mafia guy, but back in the law enforcement bureaucracy lurked all kinds of people pushing their own agendas that could get him killed out on the streets. So, after a hard day of cruising around in Porches and Rolls to parties and shopping trips with mobsters, he and his team would have to battle the back-office stuff too. And it all required a sharp eye, every inch of the way. And a sharp storyteller like this, naturally with an eye for the nuanced, telling details, plays it all beautifully here. Those with further interests can find BCCI books galore, elsewhere.
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There almost wasn't enough in this book. The stories here are amazing and unbelievable, if you don't know how federal law enforcement works. Highly, highly suggested!
This book is fantastic in both subject matter and delivery. The level of detail and candor are several notches above many books in the genre.
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