FBI informant in Deutsche Bank probe found dead 1 year after disappearance 


The body of the Deutsche Bank FBI informant was found in April. Valentin Broeksmit, 46, was last seen on April 6, 2021, at Griffith Park in Los Angeles. According to the LAPD, he was driving a red 2020 Mini Cooper which was later found abandoned. 

Broeksmit was reported missing. And disappeared for a year. He had a troubled history of opioid abuse and credit card fraud when he went off-grid.

His body was found at the Woodrow Wilson High School in the El Sereno neighborhood. And identified by the L.A. County coroner’s office last month.

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His family was wealthy. He was born in Ukraine and later adopted by Bill Broeksmit, his mother’s second husband, according to the Times. His late father, Bill, was a senior executive at Deutsche Bank when he committed suicide in 2014.  And his death hit his son hard.

Two FBI investigators met with Broeksmit in 2019. They were investigating Deutsche Bank. And he had a cache of confidential bank documents that his dad had left. Some of the documents were password-protected. And there may have been evidence of Deutsche Bank’s history of manipulating markets, bribery, skirting international sanctions, and money laundering.