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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Tue Aug 21, 2012, 06:46 PM

5. There is, of course, a pattern.

 

Bradley Birkenfeld is a whistleblower who exposed UBS bank’s $20 billion illegal tax fraud scheme.

Among other things, his voluntary disclosures led to:
** an agreement between the United States and UBS for the payment of $780 million in fines and penalties
** the creation of three IRS amnesty programs, under which 35,000 people have come forward and admitted to over $5 billion in illegal, secret bank accounts
** the recovery of billions of taxpayer dollars by the IRS
** the termination of the entire $20 billion illegal UBS program that existed to solicit and encourage wealthy Americans to hide their money in secret, offshore accounts
** a historic treaty between Switzerland and the United States requiring Switzerland to reveal the identity of over 4,600 tax evaders (the richest UBS clients) for the first time
** the enactment of the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA)
** the IRS hiring over 350 additional employees to track down persons who hold illegal, secret offshore accounts.
http://www.whistleblowers.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1411&Itemid=229

His reward? While the tax cheats that he exposed were given relatively light punishments, he was prosecuted by the Federal government and sent to prison. This whistleblower served his full term, less the mandatory good time credits afforded all federal inmates.

the prosecutor, Kevin Downing, who filed charges against Mr. Birkenfeld and recommended that the judge ‘throw the book at him’ has left employment with the federal government to join the private law firm of Miller and Chevalier. This firm represents persons who willfully violate U.S. tax laws, and persons who have illegal, undeclared offshore accounts.

More about whistleblowers and the reaction of the Obama Administration to them can be found here.
http://www.whistleblowers.org/

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