NWC Leads Worldwide Letter Writing Campaign for Independent Review of Major Tax Fraud Whistleblower
Washington, D.C. December 31, 2009. Today the National Whistleblowers Center (NWC) has begun another push for an independent review of the tax fraud whistleblower Bradley Birkenfeld's case before he reports to jail on January 8, 2010. Mr. Birkenfeld is an international banker who voluntarily came forward and blew the whistle exposing the biggest international tax fraud scheme in history. Despite the government's acknowledgement that the UBS bank tax fraud scheme would have continued undetected without Mr. Birkenfeld's voluntary disclosure, he was sentenced to 3 years and 4 months in prison for his actions.
Bradley Birkenfeld, the former international banker who blew whistle on the largest tax fraud in U.S. history is scheduled to go to jail on January 8, 2010. Mr. Birkenfeld is responsible for the recovery of over $1 Billion in lost U.S. revenue for the U.S. Taxpayers. Leading public interest groups have strongly condemned this sentence and have urged the Department of Justice (DOJ) to reconsider its action. Mr. Birkenfeld was recently named Tax Analysts inaugural annual "Person of the Year." Article in New York Daily News asserts that Mr. Birkenfeld should be given a "statute on Wall Street, not a prison sentence."
Additionally, attorneys for Mr. Birkenfeld have carefully evaluated the arguments used by the DOJ to justify the imprisonment and found them not to be accurate. See Letter to Holder below.
The National Whistleblowers Center is urging all Americans to contact U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and their representatives in Congress to request an immediate reconsideration of the decision to imprison Mr. Birkenfeld.
Birkenfeld Attorneys Ask Attorney General Holder to Reopen Case
Washington, D.C. December 28, 2009. Attorneys representing Bradley Birkenfeld, the former Swiss banker who blew whistle on UBS's 20 Billion Dollar tax
fraud scheme, have sent a request to Attorney General Eric Holder asking him to reopen his criminal case. Linked
below is a letter sent to Attorney General Eric Holder concerning the criminal
prosecution of Bradley Birkenfeld by attorneys representing him in his whistleblower case.
Anti-Corruption NGOs Release Principles For International Whistleblower Legislation
Washington, DC. December 3, 2009. In a major development that enhances protections for whistleblowers worldwide, a recommended set of principles for international whistleblower laws endorsed by well-respected NGO's from countries around the world was released today.
Sentencing UBS Whistleblower Undermines U.S. and International Anti-Corruption Efforts
Washington, D.C. November 25, 2009. International
organizations, including Transparency International Czech Republic, the
Federal Accountability Initiative for Reform (FAIR) - Canada, and The
Network for Affirmation of NGO Sector (MANS) - Montenegro have joined
the National Whistleblowers Center (NWC), the Government Accountability
Project, the Project on Government Oversight, and numerous other U.S.
based advocacy groups in their request for U.S. Attorney General Holder
to independently investigate the case of Bradley Birkenfeld.