Mr. Bradley Birkenfeld is an international banker who blew the whistle on secret offshore accounts at UBS bank in Switzerland. Mr. Birkenfeld, while working for UBS, came to realize that "bank managers were encouraging breaches of UBS's own written policies in helping American clients evade federal taxes."
When Mr. Birkenfeld realized in 2005 that UBS was engaging in illegal and unethical behavior in their handling of banking clients, he immediately complained internally to UBS's Legal and Compliance departments and, when his complaints were ignored, he resigned. Sensing a cover up by UBS, Mr. Birkenfeld then took courageous measures to travel to the United States at his own expense to blow the whistle on UBS's illegal activities to the US government, including the Department of Justice, Internal Revenue Service, Securities and Exchange Commission and the US Senate.
Mr. Birkenfeld's voluntary disclosures directly led to the recovery of $5 billion for taxpayers and the end of the illegal $20 billion UBS tax fraud scheme.
Bradley Birkenfeld was born in 1965 in Brookline, MA. He attended the Thayer Acadamy in Braintree, MA. He obtained a BS in Economics from Norwich University Military College in Vermont and a MBA in the American Graduate School of Business Vevey, Switzerland. Before becoming a whistleblower,Mr. Birkenfeld had a distinguished career as an international banker. Since 1988, he has worked in International global investment and wealth management at Credit Suisse, Barclays Bank, UBS and Union Charter. He has also held teaching positions at Thayer Academy, International Institute for Management and Development and The American Graduate School of International Management.
As a part of the Stop Illegal Offshore Banking Campaign, the National Whistleblowers Center is advocating for Mr. Birkenfeld's full presidential pardon. Find out why
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