2023-05 JAPAN - Combatting the Professional Enablers of Tax and Other Financial Crimes (Specialty)


Anthony Cook

Internal Revenue Service - Criminal Investigation



Special Agent Anthony Cook conducted criminal tax and money laundering investigations focusing on uncovering beneficial ownership and tracing illicit financial transactions. The cases involved correspondent banking, professional enablers, and Trust Company Service Providers establishing offshore foundations designed to conceal true fiduciary ownership. In 2014, Special Agent Cook became a Supervisory Special Agent and managed highly trained investigators and professional staff that conducted criminal investigations involving tax and complex financial fraud, identity theft, cyber-enabled crimes, and public corruption. In 2017, Special Agent Cook accepted a position at the American Embassy in London serving the diplomatic mission between the United States and United Kingdom. As Attaché, he had responsibility for supporting criminal investigations and establishing strategic partnerships in over 30 countries. In 2022, Special Agent Cook accepted a position as Regional Attache, Middle East, based in Dubai, UAE. His Area of Responsibility includes the Gulf Cooperation Council plus Israel and Jordan. He is responsible for developing international partnerships in the public and private sector to facilitate investigative requests and support diplomatic relationships to increase cooperation and international assistance involving financial crimes. He has represented the U.S. Government on assignments in over 25 countries and is the Official U.S. Delegate, and Member of the Bureau, on the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Task Force on Tax Crimes in Paris. He is leading the Action Group dedicated to FinTech that is focusing on tracing illicit transactions via cryptocurrencies and virtual assets. He is a licensed Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) and Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS).