Brian McCormick is Former Senior Special Agent U.S. Customs Service Homeland Security Investigations Export-Import Bank of the US.
Brian McCormick is a retired as senior criminal investigator from the Export-Import Bank of the United States (EXIM Bank). EXIM Bank is the Official Export Credit Agency (ECA) of the United States. As a Senior Special Agent at the EXIM Bank’s Office of the Inspector General, Mr. McCormick conducted international trade-based financial fraud investigations involving bank fraud, money laundering, and false claims. These fraudulent activities were typically committed against EXIM Bank’s export credit insurance and loan guarantee programs.
Mr. McCormick grew up in Portland, Oregon and attended Montana Tech of the University of Montana, where he played college basketball and graduated with a degree in Public Policy. He has a diverse military and law enforcement background and speaks English, German, and Spanish. Prior to commencing his law enforcement career, Mr. McCormick served as an officer with the US Coast Guard for 13 years where he rose to the rank of Lieutenant Commander after various postings in Oregon, Alaska, Hawaii, Florida, and Puerto Rico.
Mr. McCormick began his federal law enforcement career with the U.S. Customs Service in San Juan, Puerto Rico in 1999 and worked with several other US Government agencies in a wide capacity of investigatory positions. Two positions included tours as a Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Attaché at U.S. Embassies located in the Caribbean and Germany.
Mr. McCormick’s investigative background includes conducting a number of complex investigations which involved money laundering, kleptocracy, senior official corruption, narcotics, and international financial fraud. Several of his investigations involved corrupt foreign officials in Africa, East Asia, and the Caribbean, ultimately leading to high profile prosecutions and the recovery of millions of dollars’ worth of illicit proceeds.
Examples of Mr. McCormick’s investigative work include prosecutions of the former President of Taiwan, the incarceration of a high-ranking Swiss Bank Official, infiltration of the Colombian North Coast Cartel which ultimately led to the seizure of 2264 kilograms of cocaine and 13 subsequent arrests. This included the successful extradition of cartel kingpin Alberto Orlandez Gamboa to the United States. A Foreign Corruption Practice Act (FCPA) investigation involved the arrest of the former Prime Minister of Turks and Caicos Islands and where the Department of Justice (DOJ) obtained a $12 million settlement with Sandals/Beaches Resorts. Mr. McCormick’s
investigative work also included a $41 million export trade financing fraud that led to the conviction of six individuals with the organization leader receiving a 12-year sentence.
McCormick has given presentations for the DOJ on Kleptocracy and Money Laundering Investigations to international law enforcement audiences throughout Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean.