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The Cleaner: The true story of one of the world’s most successful money launderers

C$34.36

with a foreword by Howard Marks, bestselling author of Mr. Nice

In the 1980s, Bruce Aitken became one of the world’s most successful money launderers. Discover the ingenious methods he used to shift vast sums of currency across the globe.

From humble beginnings in New Jersey, Bruce was destined to be a baseball player until fate intervened, in the form of a knee injury, and forever changed the course of his life.

What started innocently enough, by answering an ad in the newspaper, turned into a globe-trotting lifestyle of moving money – huge sums of money – for some of the world’s most notorious and shadiest characters. From the jungles of Vietnam to the money capitals of the world, Bruce moved in circles where people would unquestioningly hand over millions of dollars to him on a handshake, to be deposited into Swiss bank accounts.

Learn the truth behind the Lockheed Scandal, the Cessna-Milner affair, the Nugan Hand scandal and one of the largest drug busts in US history that brought the party to an end. It all started to crash via an event in Reno, Nevada, and nearly cost Bruce the rest of his life in prison.

A unique and perfect insight into the money-laundering world of thirty-odd years ago.” Howard Marks

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In the 1980s, Bruce Aitken became one of the world’s most successful money launderers. Discover the ingenious methods he used to shift vast sums of currency across the globe. What started innocently enough, by answering an ad in the newspaper, turned into a globe-trotting lifestyle of moving money – huge sums of money – for some of the world’s most notorious and shadiest characters. From the jungles of Vietnam to the money capitals of the world, Bruce moved in circles where people would unquestioningly hand over millions of dollars to him on a handshake, to be deposited into Swiss bank accounts. Learn the truth behind the Lockheed Scandal, the Cessna-Milner affair, the Nugan Hand scandal and one of the largest drug busts in US history that brought the party to an end. It all started to crash via an event in Reno, Nevada, and nearly cost Bruce the rest of his life in prison.

A unique and perfect insight into the money-laundering world of thirty-odd years ago. That was a time when, at one point, Bruce and his colleagues would be moving around huge amounts of currency by using golf bags with secret compartments within them. … Read this book and learn how good men can sometimes end up doing things that many regard as not so good. Learn as well how to ensure you do not get pulled by that nasty-looking customs official who seems to be staring directly at you.” Howard Marks, bestselling author of Mr. Nice

“Former money launderer Mr Clean tells of Spanish priest agent, snitches, drug lords and stashing cash in Hong Kong” – South China Morning Post

“The company I started out working for in Hong Kong was Deak & Company (Far East) Ltd. Our motto was that “We accept cash, no questions asked,” because “we are not paid to be policemen.” Sometimes we found out who our clients were, when some type of international scandal involving them occurred. By accepting cash no questions asked, our clients turned out to be government intelligence and other agencies, drug lords, tax evaders, but also mostly libertarian thinkers who were against big government. It was illegal for Americans to own gold then. If they could get their cash to Hong Kong they could buy gold here, no questions asked. Hong Kong was the best free market in the world.” – O Clarim

Hear Bruce on RTHK Radio 3’s Morning Brew

“Ex-Inmate Takes to Hong Kong’s Airwaves, and Prisoners Tune In” New York Times

Additional information

Dimensions150 × 230 mm
Pages

480

Binding

Paperback

About the author

Born on February 7, 1945, Bruce Aitken grew up in Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey, during a golden age of American confidence and world peace. Educated in public schools, he graduated as a member of the amazing Class of 1963, full of optimism, patriotism and confidence in America and the lofty ideals it stood for. After graduating from Florida Southern College on a full scholarship, Bruce hoped to fill his lifelong dream to become a professional baseball player. However, fate intervened, and instead, drawn by a desire to see the world, Bruce embarked on a lifelong journey of adventure and excitement that covered the globe.

Settling in Hong Kong in the early 1970s, and working in the financial markets during an era of almost universal foreign exchange controls, fate, luck and hard work resulted in Bruce becoming a major player in the currency black markets. While the job was fraught with risk and danger, observing the world and America from the outside gave Bruce a unique perspective into what is important in life, and the evolution of money laundering into a major universal crime.

Bruce currently produces and hosts a popular Sunday night radio show in Hong Kong called “Hour of Love”.