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UBS Whistleblower Bradley Birkenfeld Files Official Clemency Petition on Tax Day
WASHINGTON - April 15 - Today, Bradley Birkenfeld, the whistleblower who exposed the $20 billion illegal UBS tax fraud scheme, filed a direct appeal to President Barack Obama and an official petition requesting clemency. The petition, which is now available online, calls on the president to immediately commute Mr. Birkenfeld's 40-month prison sentence to time served. Mr. Birkenfeld is currently incarcerated in the Schuylkill County federal prison.
After filing the petition for clemency, Mr. Birkenfeld's attorney Dean Zerbe said:
"When the government cannot stop offshore tax evasion, it is the honest American taxpayer who has to foot the bill. President Obama can change this. He can pardon Mr. Birkenfeld on tax day and send a message to the world that the U.S. is serious about cracking down on bank secrecy, encouraging whistleblowers and stopping tax fraud."
In the letter to President Obama attorneys for Mr. Birkenfeld, Stephen M. Kohn, Executive Director of the National Whistleblowers Center and Dean Zerbe, former counsel for the Senate Finance Committee, stated:
"We appeal to you today, the day that honest Americans must pay their taxes, with the hope that you will help correct a severe injustice...Every day Mr. Birkenfeld remains in prison undermines trust in the tax system and is a step backward in the fight against corruption."
The National Whistleblower Center has initiated an international letter writing campaign, asking that letters and emails in support of Mr. Birkenfeld be sent to President Obama and the Pardon Attorney.
Photo of Bradley Birkenfeld, courtesy of the National Whistleblowers Center