Robert Vesco is a member of The Blacklist.
Robert Vesco was the mentor of Raymond Reddington, and a longtime legendary fugitive who faked his death. Robert was one of the major players in America´s most notorious financial and political scandals that took place during the 1970s. In 1972, the Federal Communications Commission accused Vesco of robbing 200,000,000 dollars from a mutual fund he controlled and 1 year later, Robert made an illegal campaign contribution to Richard Nixon hoping that Nixon's Attorney General would drop the charges. When that did not happen, Robert fled the country and spent almost 40 years in glamorous exile at Costa Rica, Nicaragua, the Bahamas, and Cuba, where he faked his death in 2007. After that, Vesco went into hiding, living for more than 10 years in an unsuspecting apartment in Truro, Nova Scotia, Canada. It was rumored that Robert had found the De La Cruz, a Spanish ship filled with gold that sank near Florida in the 1700s, that being the real reason behind his staged death. During the time Robert mentored Reddington on how to be a fugitive, he robbed Red of his entire life savings by convincing him to invest all the money in a cattle ranch at Paraguay that actually turned out to be a brothel outside of Asuncion.
Vesco was living in Truro, Nova Scotia, Canada after faking his death to escape the vengeance of the governments he had defrauded. The exile had resulted in Vesco realizing that money was not the prize he had considered it earlier.