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EVERETT A. STERN

Intelligence Director and CEO

Everett Stern is Intelligence Director and CEO of Tactical Rabbit, a Private Intelligence Agency that provides clients with actionable business intelligence. Mr. Stern is a former candidate for the United States Senate and made international headlines as a government whistleblower who helped uncover one of the largest banking scandals of all time.

When Stern joined HSBC Bank in 2012, he was assigned to monitor Middle East transactions. Stern soon discovered that the bank was facilitating the transfer of hundreds of millions of dollars by terrorist organizations and major drug dealers, in clear violation of U.S. law. Unfortunately, Stern’s bank superiors continued to ignore his warnings. This forced Stern to share information and provide evidence about the bank’s illegal activity to the Central Intelligence Agency. “After trying in vain to convince his bosses to at least let him do his job and look for money laundering, Stern decided to turn whistleblower, telling the FBI and other agencies what was going on at the bank,” Rolling Stone would later write. Stern quit HSBC in disgust and filed a whistleblower claim with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

Ultimately, the U.S. Congress confirmed that the bank had “exposed the U.S. financial system to a wide array of money laundering, drug trafficking, and terrorist financing risks.” In late 2012, in part as a result of Stern’s efforts, HSBC agreed to pay a record $1.9 billion in fines to U.S. authorities. Stern’s passion for fighting threats to the United States did not end with his tenure at HSBC. In recent years, he has run for U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania and founded Tactical Rabbit, carrying out sophisticated private intelligence operations on behalf of clients. Stern also founded Rabbit Capital Management, a hedge fund, which is dedicated to uncovering fraud and money laundering activity that feeds the financial needs of terrorist organizations and drug cartels. He has been featured in dozens of news articles and broadcasts, and appeared in a Netflix documentary, “Dirty Money,” on Wall Street and corporate greed.

Stern was born in New York City. He is a graduate of Florida Atlantic University and earned his MBA from Stetson University in 2010. For more information, please visit EverettStern.com or RabbitCapitalManagement.com.

In The Media

Everett Stern Featured in 2018 Netflix True Crime Series, “Dirty Money”

Dirty Money is a thrilling investigative series from Oscar Award-winning director Alex Gibney, which provides an up-close and personal view into untold stories of scandal and corruption in the world of business. Using first-hand accounts from perpetrators and their victims, combined with rarely-seen video footage, this addictive series keeps viewers on the edge of their seats. [Read more]

Gangster Bankers: Too Big to Jail

How HSBC hooked up with drug traffickers and terrorists. And got away with it

By Matt Taibbi, February 14, 2013″Soon enough, though, out of boredom and also maybe a little bit of patriotism, [Everett] Stern started to sift through some of the backlogged alerts and tried to make sense of them. Almost immediately, he found a series of deeply concerning transactions. There was an exchange company wiring large sums of money to untraceable destinations in the Middle East. A Saudi fruit company was sending millions, Stern found with a simple Internet search, to a high-ranking figure in the Yemeni wing of the Muslim Brotherhood. Stern even learned that HSBC was allowing millions of dollars to be moved from the Karaiba chain of super­markets in Africa to a firm called Tajco, run by the Tajideen brothers, who had been singled out by the Treasury Department as major financiers of Hezbollah.”Every time Stern brought one of these discoveries to his bosses, they rolled their eyes at him, if not worse…” [Read more]

Special Report: HSBC’s money-laundering crackdown riddled with lapses

By Carrick Mollenkamp, Brett Wolf. July 13, 2012

At one point, [Everett] Stern said, he decided to take action on transactions linked to Palestine that he and some of his colleagues had noticed.

Stern sent an email to two superiors with the subject line, “Compliance error.” In the email, Stern wrote: “I believe investigators in the department are unknowingly making a major compliance error. Over the last couple of months investigators have approached me about cases in the Middle East, especially in Palestine.… It appears that most investigators do not understand that the government of Palestine is the terrorist organization Hamas.” [Read more]

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