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Keith Bulfin and the Cartel Money

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Keith Bulfin in Australia

This week Gary interviews an Aussie who met a Mexican Cartel Moneyman in an Australian prison. When Keith got caught up in some financial crimes as a young man, the Australian authorities sentenced him to three years in a high-security prison. Keith tells how he was set upon by the heavy thugs in prison when he met a Mexican banker. Daniel Gomez was on the run from Mexico after catching a case for helping a drug cartel launder money. Once Gomez learned he was not the usual simple-minded criminal but was actually an account and banker in his pre-prison life, they became friends. Gomez had already used his money to buy protection while inside this prison and he included Keith under his umbrella. During the next three years, these two men became close and shared secrets about washing dirty money. Australian authorities had alerted the American DEA about this relationship and 3 years later when Keith Bulfin was released, agents approached him with an offer of post-prison work.

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The DEA sent Keith Bulfin to San Diego where he established some bank accounts and shell companies. During this time, Daniel Gomez had been extradited back to Mexico. When Keith came to Mexico, his first job was to deliver the first half of a 30 Million dollar payment to a Mexican judge to get a case against Gomez dropped. He began taking bags of money and depositing them into a variety of accounts. he was instructed to create legitimate sources of income. In one case, he bought fast-food franchises throughout Mexico. He bought a South American mining company and this company purchased other smaller mining companies. In most cases, the Cartel found persons willing to enter into these businesses as the straw owners. He said most of the employees never knew about the Cartel ownership. he related these persons who purchased the businesses were known as “White Knights.”

Keith Bulfin is exposed

In his last case in Mexico, the DEA sent a long-time undercover agent with him to record some transactions because Bulfin had refused to carry any kind of recording device. This agent was a DEA employee from Columbia and had operated in that country for a long time. They were meeting some other Cartel bankers at a hotel in Mexico City. The bankers knew Keith but they were surprised when the agent showed up using the cover he was a banker in business with Bulfin. They tested the agent with some financial questions and he failed. At about this time, they received a call that two traffickers from Colombia were on their way up to discuss laundering their money. The agent immediately went to the bathroom, the Mexican bankers were looking at Bulfin with accusing eyes. The Coilumboans entered the hotel room, the agent exited the bathroom with a gun and started firing. In the melee, the agent and Bulfin escaped the hotel. He returned to Australia and then made a call back to Gomez. he agreed to return to Mexico and he was able to reach an agreement that saved his life. he said he would not give up three cartel groups and for some reason, he was allowed to leave.

To find Bulfin’s book, Undercover: A Novel of a LifeĀ click here.

Show notes by Gary Jenkins

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