Former New York County District Attorney Robert Morgenthau Joins GFI Advisory Board

April 20th, 2010

Washington, D.C. — Global Financial Integrity (GFI) is pleased to announce that former New York County District Attorney Robert Morgenthau has agreed to serve on the GFI Advisory Board.  Mr. Morgenthau’s Advisory Board membership builds upon earlier collaborations with GFI on projects and efforts related to illicit financial practices, the most recent of which was a briefing last September on the national security risks inherent to growing diplomatic and financial ties between Iran and Venezuela.

“It is an honor to welcome Mr. Morgenthau to our advisory Board,” said GFI director Raymond Baker.  “Mr. Morgenthau is a true luminary whose career has been defined and distinguished by his tireless and uncompromising pursuit of justice and transparency in financial practices.  We look forward to further collaborative efforts with Mr. Morgenthau on tackling financial secrecy and fostering greater transparency and accountability in U.S. and global financial practices.”

Robert M. Morgenthau, recipient of GFI’s 2009 Award for Exemplary Leadership, served as the Manhattan district attorney for 35 years.  In his tenure Mr. Morgenthau presided over numerous investigations into illicit banking and financial practices.  As recently as January of 2009, his office uncovered a data-stripping practice by which Iranian banks were illegally shifting billions of dollars through American financial institutions in order to bypass international sanctions.

Global Financial Integrity is a Washington, D.C. based research and advocacy organization working to curtail illicit financial flows through increased transparency and accountability in the global financial system.

Contact: Monique Perry Danziger

Written by Clark Gascoigne

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