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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. 

8th October 2017 – Quoted by Peter Ryan - ABC Australia

Money launderers remain ahead of authorities by using ‘sophisticated methods’, US expert says

John Cassara

Money launderers are using more sophisticated methods to remain one step ahead of law enforcement, says one expert — so how do countries stop them? more...

Analysis & Commentary

8th October 2017 – Quoted by Peter Ryan - ABC Australia

Money launderers remain ahead of authorities by using ‘sophisticated methods’, US expert says

John Cassara

Money launderers are using more sophisticated methods to remain one step ahead of law enforcement, says one expert — so how do countries stop them? more...

5th October 2017 – ABC (Australia)

The World Today

John Cassara

Former US intelligence agent John Cassara warns Australia is losing the battle in tackling money launderers and enforcing anti-money laundering regulations. The former US Treasury official says money laundering allegations levelled at the Commonwealth Bank show Australia's financial system is exposed. John Cassara spoke with the ABC's Peter Ryan. more...

23rd May 2017 – Quoted by Natasha Bertrand - Business Insider

‘The offer was too good to refuse’: A major Russian money-laundering case was settled in New York

John Cassara

A major money-laundering case set to go to trial last week in New York was suddenly settled three days earlier, with both the US government and the defendant, the Russian firm Prevezon Holdings, claiming victory. more...

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...