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John Cassara

CSIF Board of Advisors

Biography:

John Cassara began his 26 year government career as an intelligence officer during the Cold War.  He later served as a Treasury Special Agent in both the U.S. Secret Service and US Customs Service where he investigated money laundering, trade fraud and international smuggling.  He was an undercover arms dealer for two years.  Assigned overseas, he developed expertise in Middle East money laundering, value transfer and underground financial systems.  He also worked six years for Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) and was detailed to the Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs.  Mr. Cassara's final assignment was with Treasury's Office of Terrorism and Financial Intelligence (TFI).

 Since his retirement, he has lectured in the United States and around the world on a variety transnational crime issues.  He is a consultant for government and industry. Mr. Cassara has authored or co-authored several articles and books, including Hide and Seek, Intelligence, Law Enforcement and the Stalled War on Terrorist Finance, On the Trail of Terror Finance – What Intelligence and Law Enforcement Officers Need to Know, Demons of Gadara, and Trade-Based Money Laundering: The Next Frontier in International Money Laundering Enforcement. 

John Cassara began his 26 year government career as an intelligence officer during the Cold War.  He later served as a Treasury Special Agent in both the U.S. Secret Service and US Customs Service where he investigated money laundering, trade fraud and international smuggling.  He was an undercover arms dealer for two years.  Assigned overseas, he developed expertise in Middle East money laundering, value transfer and underground financial systems.  He also worked six years for Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) and was detailed to the Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs.  Mr. Cassara's final assignment was with Treasury's Office of Terrorism and Financial Intelligence (TFI).

 Since his retirement, he has lectured in the United States and around the world on a variety transnational crime issues.  He is a consultant for government and industry. Mr. Cassara has authored or co-authored several articles and books, including Hide and Seek, Intelligence, Law Enforcement and the Stalled War on Terrorist Finance, On the Trail of Terror Finance – What Intelligence and Law Enforcement Officers Need to Know, Demons of Gadara, and Trade-Based Money Laundering: The Next Frontier in International Money Laundering Enforcement. 

Service-Based Money Laundering: The Next Illicit Finance Frontier

19th May 2016 – CSIF Policy Brief

Service-Based Money Laundering: The Next Illicit Finance Frontier

John Cassara

Just a few months before the summer Olympic Games in Brazil, a far-reaching anti-corruption battle is threatening to bring down powerful Brazilian businesses and political elites, including the current and former presidents. The scandal might bring even down the government. more...

Analysis & Commentary

19th May 2016 – CSIF Policy Brief

Service-Based Money Laundering: The Next Illicit Finance Frontier

John Cassara

Just a few months before the summer Olympic Games in Brazil, a far-reaching anti-corruption battle is threatening to bring down powerful Brazilian businesses and political elites, including the current and former presidents. The scandal might bring even down the government. more...