Heavy-Handed Feds Screwing The "Most Important Tax Whistle-Blower Ever"

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Heavy-Handed Feds Screwing The “Most Important Tax Whistle-Blower Ever”

The pending 40 month prison sentence for one of the most important U.S. whistle-blowers ever has been roundly criticized as unfair. Critics say not only does Bradley Birkenfeld deserve reward for making the tax-evasion case against UBS, his former employer, but his harsh treatment is a bad example for those who want to expose fraud.

Now, Birkenfeld’s lawyer is formally doing something about it.

Reuters: [Birkenfeld attorney Dean] Zerbe is pressing for Birkenfeld’s formal recognition under an IRS whistle-blower program and says his client could still collect millions of dollars for his cooperation from the government.

“There is no question that Brad is the most important tax whistle-blower ever,” said Zerbe, who helped write a 2006 law that boosted rewards for those giving key information in tax cases involving evasion of $2 million or more.

We agree. Treat the man properly, and don’t scare future whistle-blowers away. If he really goes to prison in January, President Obama should pardon him immediately.

 

Lawrence Delevingne, Business Insider.com Oct. 9, 2009

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