“Bradley Birkenfeld – a name you will never forget”
by Norm Pattis Link to original source
You may not recall the name Bradley Birkenfeld. But, I suspect, if you work for a large bank, a hospital, a defense contractor, or any of the thousands of other corporate entities that are either regulated by federal law or receive federal funds, you will never forget his name once you read this column.
What’s so special about Mr. Birkenfeld? The Internal Revenue Service paid him $104 million a few years ago, this after Mr. Birkenfeld had been sentenced to a term of imprisonment of almost three years for his own tax crimes. It was the bounty the feds paid for his blowing the whistle on a sophisticated tax evasion plan by Swiss bank UBS. It turns out the bank had helped account holders defraud the federal government of nearly $20 billion…