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Tragic Day for Whistleblowers and Worldwide Anti-Corruption Efforts

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Today at approximately 2:00 pm EST, UBS whistleblower Bradley Birkenfeld reported to federal prison to begin a 40-month sentence. This miscarriage of justice will have the perverse effect of silencing whistleblowers who want to report tax fraud. In our entire history tracking whistleblower cases, this is the most abhorrent action ever taken against a whistleblower.  Mr. Birkenfeld deserves to be commended for protecting the American people and yet he faces the loss of his liberty.
The facts of the case are clear:
  • Mr. Birkenfeld repeatedly tried to correct the illegal UBS tax fraud scheme internally.
  • Mr. Birkenfeld resigned from UBS when they failed to correct the problem internally.
  • Mr. Birkenfeld voluntarily approached the U.S. government with his allegations.
  • Mr. Birkenfeld made full disclosures to the Department of Justice, Internal Revenue Service, Securities and Exchange Commission, and the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations.
  • Every UBS tax cheat that has been prosecuted has received probation, fines, no more than 3 months jail time, community service  and/or house arrest.
  • Mr. Birkenfeld is the ONLY banker connected with UBS to receive a prison sentence.

Tax Notes has named Mr. Birkenfeld as their inaugural "Person of the Year" and the New York Daily News has asserted that Mr. Birkenfeld should be given a "statue on Wall Street, not a prison sentence." With articles like these and stories on 60 Minutes, Democracy Now and Fox Business News, the public has begun to understand why Mr. Birkenfeld's sentence is not only unjust - it is dangerous to American taxpayers and the worldwide efforts to stop corruption.  

Now that the Government has decided to incarcerate Mr. Birkenfeld, the Justice Department might as well tell every American to open up a Swiss Bank Account and avoid paying taxes.  What whistleblower will come forward after seeing Bradley Birkenfeld sent to prison?

We need your help NOW! Please send a letter to Attorney General Holder and President Obama demanding that corrective action be taken immediately.  Then forward this action alert to as many people as possible and post it to your facebook, twitter, and other social networking sites. Together we can make it clear that this is unacceptable!

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