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Malta, We Have a Problem

Posted in International, International Whistleblowers, News
Photo by Michał Parzuchowski on UnsplashNational Whistleblower Center Executive Director Stephen M. Kohn, in cooperation with the European Center for Whistleblower Rights, has called upon Malta’s Prime Minister Joseph Muscat and the Group of States Against Corruption (GRECO) to protect whistleblower Valery Atanasov. A former IT administrator at the Malta Gaming Authority (MGA), Mr. Atanasov blew the whistle on dodgy regulatory practices that could have… Continue Reading

2012’s 10 Big Moments for Chief Compliance Officers

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers
As companies head into 2013 facing yet another year of increasing and complex compliance and ethics challenges, here's a threshold question for the Board of Directors: Does your chief compliance officer have the empowerment, independence, seat at the table, line of sight, and resources to do the job? Following is a "boardworthy" sample of big developments from 2012 that should give some boards and C-suites (and you know who you are) pause:… Continue Reading

Birkenfeld’s Attorney to Speak Tonight at DC Library

Posted in Events
You may have read about him in the Washington Post Style section today, heard him on NPR, or listened to him on Democracy Now! Tonight you can see Stephen M. Kohn in person at the West End Library in Washington, DC. The event begins at 7pm, and it is completely free and open to the public. Call your friends and… Continue Reading

Brad Birkenfeld receives $104 million IRS whistleblower award

Posted in Tax Whistleblowers
The National Whistleblowers Center announced this morning that UBS banking whistleblower Bradley Birkenfeld received a tax whistleblower award of $104 million.  The IRS made the award for Birkenfeld’s contributions in providing the U.S. Government with insider information on UBS’ illegal offshore banking scheme. This is believed to be the largest reward ever given to an individual whistleblower in the United… Continue Reading

Birkenfeld Press Conference

Posted in Events, Tax Whistleblowers
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NWC announces press conference tomorrow on IRS decision in Birkenfeld case

Posted in Events, International, Tax Whistleblowers
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has issued a decision in the whistleblower case of former UBS banker Bradley C. Birkenfeld. Mr. Birkenfeld’s brother, Douglas Birkenfeld, and his attorneys, Stephen M. Kohn and Dean A. Zerbe, will make statements at a National Whistleblowers Center press conference tomorrow, September 11, 2012, at 10:00am ET. The press conference will be held in the… Continue Reading

WSJ reports on hurdles for financial fraud whistleblowers

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers, False Claims / Qui Tam, Tax Whistleblowers
The Wall Street Journal is reporting today on the hurdles that whistleblowers face when they provide tips about financial fraud to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and Commodities Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. Called "Whistleblower Bounties Pose Challenges," the article says that, "collecting the bounty could be a challenge." According… Continue Reading

Pete Tucker calls on President Obama to pardon Brad Birkenfeld

Posted in Tax Whistleblowers
Pete Tucker is a journalist for TheFightBack.org and WPFW 89.3 FM, Washington, D.C.’s Pacifica Radio station. This week, he called on President Barack Obama to pardon tax whistleblower Brad Birkenfeld. "In addition to a turkey, Obama should pardon a whistleblower this holiday season," Tucker says. He quotes from Ronald Birkenfeld’s letter to President Obama asking for a pardon of his… Continue Reading

Philippine authorities catch tax cheat with anonymous letter

Posted in International
The Philippine Daily Inquirer reports that the Philippine Bureau of Customs has filed charges that Oillink, an import company, cheated the government out of 700 million Philippine pesos (16 million US dollars). The Bureau of Customs discovered the fraud through an anonymous letter, apparently from a disgruntled employee. In a column, Raul Palabrica says, "It takes a lot of guts… Continue Reading

Stephen Kohn comments to Washington Post about leak probes

Posted in National Security
Ed O’Keefe of The Washington Post is quoting Stephen M. Kohn, Executive Director of the National Whistleblowers Center, in a story appearing on today’s Fed Page. Called, "Immigration agency assailed over leak probe," the story reports on criticism the immigration service is getting from the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 118. AFGE is upset that management at the… Continue Reading

Washington Post reports that IRS chokes off whistleblower rewards

Posted in Tax Whistleblowers
The Washington Post is running a story today by David Hilzenrath on page A11 called, "Change in IRS rules could block rewards for whistleblowers." The story focuses on a manual by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) called the Internal Revenue Manual (IRM). The new IRM recognizes that if a whistleblower provides information leading to a payment to the IRS, the… Continue Reading

Birkenfeld speaks to Wall Street Journal about learning from his experience

Posted in Tax Whistleblowers
UBS bank whistleblower Bradley Birkenfeld spoke with the Wall Street Journal‘s Arden Dale in a story released Friday. The WSJ story, "UBS Whistle-Blower Rues the Tack, Not Tune," appears on page C-2 of today’s Money and Investing section. Birkenfeld says that he would still want to expose the way UBS helped thousands of millionaires evade their taxes, but he would… Continue Reading

DOJ Demonstrates “Chutzpah”

Posted in Tax Whistleblowers
As NWC Executive Director, Stephen M. Kohn responded, the "DOJ spends much ink describing the importance of the UBS case without finding the space to add two more words - the name of the whistleblower who made it all possible - Bradley Birkenfeld."… Continue Reading

Fraud up; SEC enforcement up; need for whistleblowers up

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers
The LA Times reported last week on a series of trends in securities fraud. The $65 billion lost in the Madoff scandal highlights the huge losses millions of investors suffer as a result of corporate fraud.  Meanwhile, the new enforcement chief at the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) reports a dramatic rise in enforcement actions. The numbers of formal investigations… Continue Reading

While The Whistleblower Sits in Prison, More People May Walk Away

Posted in Tax Whistleblowers
Basically, this means that 14,700 people walked away without prosecution under the IRS amnesty program, the head of entire illegal UBS program Martin Liechti was allowed to return to Switzerland without prosecution, the 4,450 tax cheats are likely to escape prosecution, and Bradley Birkenfeld (the person responsible for blowing the whistle and ending the illegal UBS program) is still the only banker sitting in prison.… Continue Reading

Groups ask President Obama to pardon Birkenfeld

Posted in Tax Whistleblowers
Leading national and international anti-corruption groups have joined the National Whistleblowers Center (NWC) in a clemency campaign on behalf of UBS whistleblower Bradley Birkenfeld. In an open letter President Barack Obama, the groups request a presidential pardon for Mr. Birkenfeld, or commutation of his prison sentence to time served to “reverse the devastating impact Mr. Birkenfeld’s case will have on… Continue Reading

Birkenfeld tells WSJ about high level cover-up

Posted in Tax Whistleblowers
UBS whistleblower Bradley Birkenfeld told a Wall Street Journal reporter that the government’s decision to send him to jail arises from “a cover-up at the highest levels.” Brikenfeld noted how the UBS clients who actually cheated on their taxes got either house arrest or probation, but the messenger who brought the key information to the US government is now in… Continue Reading

IRS Commission: UBS program brought in “billions”

Posted in Tax Whistleblowers
Speaking on the Diane Rehm Show today, IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman said that the agency’s amnesty program for US citizens who hid their assets in off-shore accounts brought in "billions" of dollars. That program, of course, was prompted by the disclosures of former UBS employee Bradley Birkenfeld. Over 15,000 taxpayers came forward because they faced criminal prosecution once UBS was… Continue Reading