EVERETT A. STERN
Former U.S. Senate Candidate
Everett Stern is featured in a 2018 Netflix True Crime series directed by Oscar winner Alex Gibney investigating HSBC Bank’s admitted money laundering for terrorists and drug cartels. Everett has received extensive international media coverage since 2012 when he gained national prominence and a feature in Rolling Stone magazine for his role as the 2012 HSBC whistleblower. Thereafter, he continued to draw headlines as Intelligence Director of Tactical Rabbit, Inc. and as a 2016 U.S. Senate Candidate.
Everett Stern was born in New York City in 1984. He graduated from Florida Atlantic University in 2008, and earned his MBA at Stetson University in 2010. Prior to joining HSBC Bank in 2012, Stern was a candidate for the CIA’s clandestine service but was ultimately rejected before being hired as an Anti-Money Laundering Compliance Officer.
At HSBC Bank, he was assigned to monitor Middle Eastern transactions. He quickly discovered that HSBC Bank was facilitating the international transfer of hundreds of millions of dollars by terrorist organizations in direct violation of numerous U.S. laws. After reporting his findings internally, his managers directed him to cease his investigation and “clear” the suspicious transactions.
Due to the national security threat to the United States posed by HSBC Bank’s intentional terrorist financing activities, Stern began providing information to the CIA and later presented a full intelligence report to the FBI. He left HSBC Bank in November of 2011 and subsequently filed a whistleblower claim with the SEC. A July 2012 report from the U.S Congress confirmed that HSBC “exposed the U.S. financial system to a wide array of money laundering, drug trafficking, and terrorist financing risks.” In December of 2012, HSBC paid a record $1.92 billion fine in exchange for a deferment of criminal prosecution for five years.
After leaving HSBC in 2012, he founded Tactical Rabbit, a private intelligence firm utilizing CIA intelligence methodologies to provide clients with accurate business intelligence.
In 2016 he ran for U.S. Senate as a Republican candidate from Pennsylvania, challenging incumbent Senator Pat Toomey. After the primary, he continued to run as an Independent Candidate in the 2016 U.S Senate election.
In 2017, drawing on the success of Tactical Rabbit’s business intelligence predictions involving publicly traded companies, he founded hedge fund Rabbit Alpha, LLC.