Banking whistleblowers first began raising alarms about Hunter Biden’s business deals as long ago as Spring 2015 while his father was still serving as vice president, flagging what they feared were “suspicious” transactions and “fraudulent” schemes. One of the bankers became so concerned he eventually escalated his concerns to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) only a few days before Donald Trump won the presidency in 2016, according to documents provided to Congress and obtained by Just the News.
“Due diligence on involved parties reveals less than clean records,” a Morgan Stanley investment bank compliance presentation from May 2015 stated, specifically providing a dossier about Hunter Biden’s background, his expulsion from the Navy, his association with the Ukrainian energy company Burisma Holdings and photos of the future first son with Barack Obama and Joe Biden.
You can view that presentation here.
The presentation is one of the earliest known whistleblower activities to raise serious questions about Hunter Biden and his foreign business exploits. It triggered suspicious activity reports (SARS) filed by banks and a SEC complaint that would eventually lead to the 2016 indictment of several Hunter Biden business partners in a bond fraud scheme and later FBI and IRS investigations targeting Hunter Biden himself for tax evasion.
While SARS reports are frequently generated by compliance officers in the financial industry, the step of independently reporting information directly to the SEC is much more rare.
The documents obtained by Just the News chronicle the efforts by at least one vice president inside the Morgan Stanley investment bank to blow the whistle on companies affiliated with Hunter Biden and one of his chief business partners, Devon Archer. The concerns included that the firms may have been involved in a fraudulent bond scheme with the Native American Wakpamni tribe and may have improperly benefited from tax dollars in a separate technology investment.
Eventually two Morgan Stanley officials would file whistleblower complaints seeking investigations with federal agencies, according to interviews of people involved with the complaints. To date, there is no indication how those federal agencies under Presidents Barack Obama, Donald Trump or Joe Biden handled the information.
The SEC and Morgan Stanley both declined comment Thursday, saying they do not publicly discuss whistleblower cases. Abbe Lowell, a lawyer for Hunter Biden, did not return an email seeking comment.
The documents, however, make clear there were blaring alarms about Hunter Biden and his proximity to suspicious activity as early as eight years ago, much earlier than previously known.
The May 8, 2015 Morgan Stanley presentation deck – titled “Overview of Wakpamni Series 2014 Bonds Potentially Suspicious Structure & Transactions” – included a cover photo of Hunter Biden sitting alongside Joe Biden and Barack Obama and a dossier on past Hunter Biden controversies.
It also warned that some activities – including the Native American tribal bond scheme – required Morgan Stanley to take compliance action.
“No clear illegal activity is being accused, but authors of this presentation determined activity was suspicious enough to warrant escalation of review by appropriate internal Compliance representatives,” the internal presentation stated.
The presentation singled out just a few business partners, including Archer and Hunter Biden and provided dossiers on their backgrounds as well as frequent mention of their soon to be infamous investment firm Rosemont Seneca.
A page titled “Robert Hunter Biden,” for instance, mentioned the future first son’s unceremonious ejection from the Navy, his ties to Burisma and past allegations of financial management.
Hunter Biden was described at one point as a “partner at Rosemont Seneca” who sat “on the board of Ukrainian gas firm Burisma Holdings Ltd. with Devon Archer.”
“The Navy Reserve discharged Vice President Joe Biden’s son Hunter this year after he tested positive for cocaine,” the dossier added.
It also flagged an Aug. 25, 2008 article in The New York Times noting that Hunter Biden had faced controversy and a lawsuit over a hedge fund. “Biden’s Son Caught Up in Hedge Fund Trouble,” the article stated. ‘A son and a brother of Senator Joseph R. Biden Jr. of Delaware are accused in two lawsuits of defrauding a former business partner and an investor of millions of dollars in a hedge fund deal that went sour.”
Documents reviewed by Just the News indicate the presentation spurred a federal investigation into the tribal bond scheme, which led to the indictments of Archer and several other Hunter Biden associates one year later. All were eventually convicted. That indictment made no mention of Hunter Biden….