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First, the government threw Bradley Birkenfeld in prison for helping a former client at UBS AG hide his wealth from the Internal Revenue Service. Now, as part of the same case, the IRS has awarded the former banker $104 million — yes, million — for helping expose the widespread tax evasion scheme by the Swiss banking behemoth.
Considering the amnesty program the IRS installed which allowed offenders to pay back monies illegally withheld you have to wonder whether government officials were concerned that maybe Birkenfeld would implicate names that some didn't want to be public. This isn't to say this is the absolute truth, but one has to wonder about the 180 in regards to how the U.S. government rewarded Mr. Birkenfeld with such a large reward.It is my opinion that if you applied to such a program and you are in an official government position then that information should be disclosed to the public. You could almost be certain there have been government officials who have participated in this program over the past couple of years.CNBC
Birkenfeld, 47, served 31 months of a 40 month prison sentence after pleading guilty in 2008 to a count of conspiracy to defraud the U.S. related to his work for UBS. The Justice Department said Birkenfeld did not reveal his own misconduct in helping a client, a charge his attorneys say is not true. As Birkenfeld entered prison in 2010, he called his treatment an injustice, saying, "I'm a proud American who did the best I could for my country and this is how they reward me." His time was cut short for good behavior in prison and "they did not take one minute off his sentence" for his cooperation with the IRS on the UBS case, Kohn said.
Originally posted by sonnny1
reply to post by GD21D
31 months for whistle blowing.
104 million severance package.
Where do I sign up?