Snitches Get Stitches, UBS Guy
An informant in the tax evasion case against the Swiss bank UBS has asked a Florida court to postpone the scheduled Jan. 8 start of his prison term, saying he is ready to cooperate further with the United States government.
The informant, Bradley Birkenfeld, was a former UBS banker who was sentenced in August to three years and four months in prison for helping a billionaire hide assets from American tax authorities. He made the postponement request in a filing this weekend by his lawyer to a federal district court in Florida.
The filing also requested a hearing to reconsider the 40-month sentence imposed on Mr. Birkenfeld on Aug. 21.
Prosecutors described Mr. Birkenfeld as the man most responsible for igniting an investigation into rich Americans’ use of secret Swiss bank accounts to avoid taxes. Partly because of Mr. Birkenfeld’s disclosures, UBS has agreed to disclose to the United States the names of 4,450 wealthy Americans suspected of hiding assets and dodging taxes in secret accounts.
I have a feeling there are some important people who are not too happy about this dude singing all over the place to keep his ass out of the frying pan.
Little does Mr Birkenfeld realize he's still going to have to fry. *snicker*