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Reputed Federal Informant, Whistleblower Found Dead In Los Angeles School 

Valentin Broeksmit, a central figure in the book "Dark Towers: Deutsche Bank, Donald Trump, and an Epic Trail of Destruction," has been found dead days after being reported missing.

By Gina Tron
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A reputed federal informant, who had reportedly given over information about Deutsche Bank in connection to the bank's longstanding relationship with former President Donald Trump, was found dead at a Los Angeles school.

Valentin Broeksmit, 46, was found dead at Woodrow Wilson High School on Monday morning, Los Angeles School Police Department told Los Angeles Times

While it is not yet clear how he died, Los Angeles Police Capt. Kenneth Cabrera told the Los Angeles Times that authorities do not suspect foul play. Cleaning crews at the school located his body.

Broeksmit was last seen on April 6 driving a red Mini Cooper, Los Angeles police stated last week, adding that“the vehicle has been recovered but he has not been seen since and his family is concerned.” 

Broeksmit was reportedly working with federal authorities looking into former President Trump’s relationship with Deutsche Bank, the Los Angeles Times reports. He is the son of Deutsche Bank executive Bill Broeksmit, who died by suicide in 2014.

Since his father’s death, Valentin Broeksmit has not been shy about sharing his father’s files with government investigators and journalists alike, according to a 2019 New York Times profile entitled “Me and My Whistle-Blower.”

The publication noted that before becoming an informant, Valentin was an “unemployed rock musician with a history of opioid abuse and credit card theft, not to mention a dalliance with North Korea-linked hackers.”

Perez told the Los Angeles Times on Wednesday that he appeared to be homeless at the time of his death.

David Enrich, the reporter who wrote the New York Times profile on Valentin, tweeted Tuesday on Twitter that Broeksmit was a primary character in his 2020 book, "Dark Towers: Deutsche Bank, Donald Trump, and an Epic Trail of Destruction." 

"We had a complicated relationship, but this is just devastating to hear," he wrote.

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