Hollywood is rumbling with news that a groundbreaking documentary about Victor Carlstrom, the young European financial rock star-turned-whistleblower on an international $150 billion money laundering scheme, has begun pre-production with rounds of meetings in place at the Sundance Film Festival.
Carlstrom is the brightest financial mind in Sweden, and made millions of dollars for his clients while enjoying solid relationships with the most powerful global banks. Carlstrom even had connections to the Swedish royal family. The then 28-year-old hosted Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia on his yacht off the coast of France for their first holiday as a married couple.
If his life in 2015 were a movie, he easily would have been portrayed by Leonardo DiCaprio.
Helmer Alex Gibney, famous for the documentary, “Enron: The Smartest Guys in The Room”, is on the short-list to direct. A call into Gibney for comment were not immediately returned.
But, five years later, it’s Carlstrom who likely will play himself. According to sources, pre-production filming has commenced on a documentary film temporarily titled The King of All Whistleblowers to document Carlstrom’s exit from high society to running for his life in the United States as an asylum seeker. Insiders report that the film has heavy interest, and buyers are circulating for the movie’s rights.
Billions of dollars. Mega-yachts on European waters. Royal family visits. Global schemes by billionaire villains. Carlström frolics with Swedish model Erika Johnson. His story – and the talked about forthcoming documentary movie – has it all.
While he was the top broker for the top financial company in Sweden, Carlstrom’s bosses asked him to engage in an activity that would have essentially steal funds from his own clients. Upon investigating other shady processes at the company, Carlström uncovered suspcious operations and reported them to his boss, CEO Jens Henriksson – the chief villain in this story. Henriksson went on to be the CEO of Swedbank. Swedbank, according to Carlstrom, was one of several Swedish companies involved in the $150 billion scheme that led to a web of corruption.
Once he raised concerns, Carlstrom was fired and the company withheld millions of dollars in commissions that were due to him. This fueled his desire to clean up Sweden’s financial system and keep the investigations going. He found that Henriksson was cozy with Swedish financial and tax regulators and their agencies, as well as several other global financial institutions.
Carlstrom uncovered a $150 billion money laundering scheme that has ensnared the governments of Sweden and Turkey thus far. Upon revealing financial crimes to authorities, Carlstrom began receiving death threats and had to flee Sweden. Since then there have been investigations into both him and his companies, more death threats, and multiple attempts on his life. He’s lost his family, has attempted suicide twice, and changes location every two days.
Despite all that, Carlstrom thirsts for justice. He recently filed a $4.2 billion lawsuit in New York, and is represented by international attorney Lawrence Schoenbach. Schoenbach, it should be noted, is a well-known defense attorney who was so moved by Carlstrom’s story that he went on the offense to tackle a crooked financial system in Europe and Asia.
The story has made international headlines and is currently playing out in New York City courtrooms but now sounds like it may be coming to us all.