Episode 05: Robert Mazur - former US Customs special agent and author of The Infiltrator

Robert Mazur is one of the world’s leading authorities on money laundering techniques, internationally recognized as an expert by private and public sector leaders, and of course author of “The Infiltrator”, a memoir about his life as a high level undercover money launderer.

AML Talk Show Hosted by Stephen Platt

We’re delighted to be able to welcome Robert Mazur to the AML Talk Show, in conversation with leading AML expert and RiskScreen CEO, Stephen Platt. Bob is one of the world’s leading authorities on money laundering techniques, internationally recognized as an expert by private and public sector leaders, and of course author of “The Infiltrator”, a memoir about his undercover life as a high level money launderer. Stephen and Bob will be chewing over recent compliance scandals – and why they continue to happen – as well as examining the anatomy of drug cartels and the implications for finance professionals.

Transcript

Good afternoon folks, and welcome to this KYC360 AML Talk Show broadcast with me, Stephen Platt. I hope that you're all staying safe and well during these very difficult times. My thoughts go out to everybody struggling in isolation and potentially with sickness and loss. These are dark days but we will, of course, prevail. Beyond the enormous human anxiety and suffering, the wheels of commerce continue to turn, albeit more slowly.

And believe it or not, crimes continue to be committed, and the proceeds laundered. There are some real scumbags out there, many of whom are ramping up their activities to take advantage of the pandemic, and of course lest we forget, there are of course people and businesses who because of the economic slowdown, may resort to desperate measures, to attract or indeed to retain business by cutting due diligence corners or may even be seduced by criminals to take their money. Now, I think is a time for everybody in the AML world to stay alert and to keep awareness levels high. Which of course isn't easy during this unprecedented period of home working, which is why I hope this podcast will be distributed and listened to widely.

I'm absolutely delighted to be joined by a man who spent a career as an undercover agent immersed into the fabric of a number of criminal organizations including Pablo Escobar's. The man, of course, is Bob Mazur. Bob's incredible story of his time laundering for Escobar was told...

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