- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Firefly Books (July 3, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1552979938
- ISBN-13: 978-1552979938
- Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 0.8 inches
What is money laundering? How does it work? And why is it such a threat to any democratic society? International terrorism has focused federal and state law-enforcement’s attention on the shadowy world of money laundering. While the media has examined money laundering, the topic is still little understood by the public.
In Crime School: Money Laundering, a twenty year law enforcement veteran of financial crime explains this felony in simple terms. Written anecdotally, the book describes what money laundering is and how the crimes behind it fit together.
Organized criminals operating both domestically and internationally corrupt bankers and subvert national economies through the use of drug money.
This book examines the history of money laundering from ancient times to the cocaine craze of the 1970s to the sophisticated, brutal techniques employed by today’s terrorists and organized crime.
Lively and detailed, this book chronicles the stark realities and deadly dynamics of the lynchpin between organized crime and modern terrorism. It’s a rare and fascinating look at a deadly world few have ever witnessed and lived to tell the story.
About the Author
Chris Mathers spent most of his adult life working undercover for the RCMP, US Drug Enforcement Administration and the US Customs Service. Posing as a gangster, a drug trafficker and finally as a money launderer, Mathers has done it all, and his book, “CRIME SCHOOL: Money Laundering” tells it all.
Chris Mathers retired after a 20-year career with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. At the time of his retirement, he was the senior undercover operator at the RCMP Proceeds of Crime Section where he established and operated a number of “storefront” money laundering businesses in Canada and the US, targeting Colombian, Russian and Asian organized crime groups. Chris personally infiltrated criminal organizations in North America, the Caribbean, Latin America and Europe.
In 1995, Chris joined the Forensic division of the international accounting firm, KPMG. In 1999, he was appointed to the position of President of KPMG Corporate Intelligence Inc. where he was responsible for international due diligence, asset recovery operations and the investigation and prevention of organized crime and money laundering.
In 2004, Chris established his own firm, chrismathers inc. where he provides crime and risk consulting services to selected domestic and international clients.
In 2005, Chris concluded an offshore asset tracing assignment on behalf of the Independent Inquiry Committee into the United Nations Oil-For-Food Program.
As a speaker, Chris’ controversial style describes the secret underworld of gangsters and terrorists, explaining the terms and identifying the characters, in a candid, no-punches-pulled style that is consistent with this extraordinary man.
Chris is a popular media commentator and speaker and has served as a consultant on several feature films and documentaries relating to organized crime, espionage and money laundering. He recently completed filming the pilot episode of FraudWatch, a reality television production that examines the current epidemic of fraud worldwide.