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Debra LaPrevotte has spent the past 27 years investigating some of the most corrupt world leaders, following the money, and recovery stolen assets. Debra seized more than a billion dollars from foreign corrupt leaders. 

For the past seven years, Debra has been the Senior Investigator for The Sentry. A non-governmental organization (NGO), co-founded by actor George Clooney and John Prendergast. Debra worked to disable multinational predatory networks that benefit from violent conflict, repression, and kleptocracy. She led complex investigations into financial crime, corruption, and atrocities in East and Central Africa Debra’s focus was war torn South Sudan.  

Prior to joining The Sentry, Debra retired after 20 years with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Debra served as a Supervisory Special Agent on the International Corruption Unit at FBI Headquarters. Debra was instrumental in initiating the FBI’s Kleptocracy program and seized more than $1 billion dollars from foreign corrupt officials. 

Debra is also a Forensic Scientist and spent several years on the FBI’s Evidence Response Team Unit at the FBI Lab. Debra was specially trained in human remains recovery, advanced human remains processing and post-blast investigations. Debra has processed major crime scenes and disaster scenes. Debra has a master’s degree in Forensic Science. 

Debra provides training to international law enforcement and civil society around the world. She has testified in international corruption cases for the governments of Bangladesh, Italy, and Nigeria, and has testified before Congress. 

Most recently Debra is the Executive Producer and co-host of the award-winning podcast, A Nation for Thieves”. This podcast follows Debra’s FBI career and takes listeners on a journey into the impact that kleptocracy and international corruption has on the world. Debra has also served as an advisor for a movie screen play. 

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The Criminal Activities that Underpin Russia and Iran’s Growing Alliance

18 October 2023, 05:30 PM
Mark N. Katz Kimberly Donovan Aurora Ortega Debra LaPrevotte