January 6, 2010 (New York Daily News). Barack Obama, who entered the White House promising all this change, should be hailing Bradley Birkenfeld as a modern-day hero.
He should erect a statue on Wall Street for this former banker for Swiss giant UBS who blew the whistle on the biggest tax-evasion scheme in U.S. history.
Instead of rewarding Birkenfeld, Obama's Justice Department is sending him to prison. He begins serving a 40-month federal sentence Friday for conspiracy and bank fraud.
What about his former bosses and fellow bankers at UBS and thousands
of rich American clients who for decades stashed billions of dollars in
secret UBS accounts to evade paying federal taxes?
Well, the government let them buy their way out of jail.