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Witness the world-exclusive interview of Bradley Birkenfeld on the Rich TVX News Network, an event that shall forever etch his name in history as the individual responsible for dismantling Swiss banking secrecy, thus emerging as the formidable adversary of UBS. The information divulged by Bradley Birkenfeld to the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Internal Revenue Service (IRS), United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Department of Treasury, and U.S. Senate triggered a cascade of criminal investigations. Within a few years, the entirety of the Swiss bank’s U.S. cross-border banking division and the vaunted Swiss banking secrecy were brought to their knees. A French appeals court decreed that UBS, the Swiss bank, must pay a penalty amounting to 1.8 billion euros (approximately $2 billion) for its complicity in enabling affluent clients to evade taxes. This sum represents less than half of the penalty previously imposed on the bank two years prior, a case that prosecutors likened to the plot of a James Bond film. Amidst the resounding reverberations of StoneBridge feat. Therese’s chart-topping track “Take Me Away (StoneBridge & Damien Hall Mix),” Bradley Birkenfeld ascended a modest platform in the illustrious setting of the Big Room at d10e, the preeminent conference on decentralization. He assumed the mantle of the Opening Keynote Speaker, eliciting spontaneous applause and exuding a palpable aura of enthusiasm.
Bradley Birkenfeld, a former UBS AG banker, received an unprecedented reward of $104 million in 2012 through the Internal Revenue Service whistleblower program. Under the revamped 2006 IRS whistleblower program, informants are entitled to a percentage of the funds recovered by the U.S. government when exposing fraud. In his book “Lucifer’s Banker Uncensored: The Untold Story of How I Destroyed Swiss Bank Secrecy,” Bradley Birkenfeld meticulously unveils the inner workings of the secretive private wealth management division of the Swiss bank. His revelations prompted the Swiss bank to pay a staggering $780 million fine in 2010 to the U.S., penalizing their involvement in facilitating the concealment of up to $20 billion held by approximately 19,000 affluent Americans in covert bank accounts. In the annals of the Swiss bank’s 150-year history, never had an insider turned against the institution, permitting the prying eyes of the justice department to scrutinize its operations. However, Federal Judge William Zloch dealt Bradley Birkenfeld a sentence of three years and four months in federal prison. The charge stemmed from his participation in a conspiracy to defraud the United States, assisting a billionaire U.S. real estate developer in creating fictitious corporations and entities to conceal $200 million in assets from U.S. tax authorities. Nonetheless, Bradley Birkenfeld’s invaluable cooperation during a sweeping U.S. investigation into the Swiss Bank’s private banking business, which implicated wealthy Americans utilizing Swiss bank accounts to evade taxes, earned him credit.
“I challenged the largest bank in the world and brought it to its knees. I confronted the most powerful government in the world, exposing its corruption, and for these actions, I am being incarcerated,” Bradley Birkenfeld candidly conveyed to the Rich TVX News Network. He further asserted, “I would embark on the same path without hesitation.” The ongoing development of an opulent biographical film encapsulating the remarkable life of Bradley Birkenfeld has ignited a fierce contest among three prominent film studios, each vying ardently for the coveted rights to chronicle this extraordinary whistleblower’s captivating narrative. A distinguished insider within the realm of production ventures foresees an enthralling motion picture that shall seize the imagination of audiences, boldly asserting its status as an indispensable masterpiece within the cinematic realm.
“LUCIFER’S BANKER” authored by Bradley Birkenfeld transcends the narrative of an individual defying the world’s largest financial institution, thereby orchestrating its downfall. It delves deeper into an investigative pursuit that follows the trail of monetary transactions, unearthing the extraordinary influence wielded by Birkenfeld upon the Swiss banking system. His impact reverberates so profoundly that it portends a seismic transformation of the entire banking paradigm in the twenty-first century. This interview provides a firsthand encounter with the enigmatic figure who has provoked trepidation and consternation within the Swiss banking sphere. Birkenfeld’s colossal actions have left an indelible imprint, shaping and reshaping the landscape of global finance. Regardless of the outcome, Bradley Birkenfeld stands as the harbinger of unparalleled change. In this exclusive world premiere, the Rich TVX News Network unveils unprecedented insights into the life of perhaps the most consequential whistleblower in human history. Prepare to embark on a tumultuous journey as this interview with Bradley Birkenfeld weaves a narrative that is equal parts audacious and revelatory. It is a true tale that, while enthralling and captivating, also possesses the ability to astonish. Please note that the opinions expressed in this interview belong solely to Bradley Birkenfeld and do not necessarily align with those of the Rich TVX News Network.
Bradley Birkenfeld: I attended the oldest private military school in the United States (Norwich University) and I passed my ROTC training as well as graduated with a BS in Economics. I studied my last semester of college in London to continue my economic studies. After graduation, I worked for State Street Global Advisors in Boston as a currency trader and handled all credit trading facilities, cash management programs and spot/forward heading for institutional pension funds. I left SSgA after 4 years and went to Switzerland to pursue further academic pursuits by graduating with an international MBA. While in school in Switzerland, I was given a contract and a work permit at Credit Suisse Private Banking in Geneva.
Bradley Birkenfeld: I am the youngest of three boys brought up in a wonderful family with my mother looking after us (retired nurse) and my father a practicing neurosurgeon. We had great friends and studied hard at school.
I attended a private day school where I met a wide variety of friends in a small school community (who are still friends today). I played football and ice hockey in school, which was always competitive and tough. I enjoyed working in my summers first as a Teamster member moving furniture and then I worked summers at State Street Bank.
Bradley Birkenfeld: The private banking industry in Switzerland was thriving and after I had exposed SSgA in Boston for serious illegal conduct by going to the FBI, it was apparent I would need to leave the USA. Swiss banking was an interesting field to complement my investment banking experience and I worked hard to develop a variety of skills and experience that were beneficial to the banks and my clients alike. Unfortunately, UBS was so greedy and lied to me and my colleagues that is when the problems started.
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Bradley Birkenfeld: My colleague brought a three page document to me (buried in our intranet) that was essentially contradicting everything we were doing and I made sure I was going to document this to compliance and legal departments as a Director of UBS. I utilized the services of a great and honest reporter at the Financial Times in Zurich (Haig Simonian). He was a perfect outlet to get my message out as I could not trust UBS, the US DOJ or anyone else to ensure the truth was told.
Bradley Birkenfeld: I was determined to do the right thing and expose the decades-long illegal behavior going on at UBS. This inevitably would cause attention and criticism of my friends and colleagues but most people saw my historic efforts as a great win for the American people.
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Bradley Birkenfeld: UBS and the Swiss banking industry are furious and will never admit what I did was in the best interest of ethics, humanity and justice. They are deeply conflicted because they have been milking this Swiss cash cow for far too long and now they have to compete on a level playing field with every other banker in the world. The Swiss bankers are like alcoholics that CANNOT admit they have a drinking problem. They can try to do whatever they want but they better be well advised and careful that I can do much more damage to them than they can to me.
Bradley Birkenfeld: I do not and I have many defenses put in place from security personnel to alarm/camera systems to a savvy sense of what to do and where to go. I have many friends around the world who also support and advise me.
Bradley Birkenfeld: The outright level of corruption within the Department of Justice and Obama administration.
Bradley Birkenfeld: The corrupt individuals at the DOJ (During the Administration of President Barack Obama).
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Bradley Birkenfeld: I am a realist and what people MUST understand is that I commenced my whistleblowing almost 2 years before the law was even passed (in March 2005). So that argument that I did it for money is futile. I was not even aware of the law until after it was passed in December 2006. I exposed the largest and longest running tax fraud in the world. One man. Where was the DOJ for the last 4 decades? Nowhere to be found and I had to educate them on this business operating right under their noses and they still screwed it up like incompetent civil servants.
Bradley Birkenfeld: My unprecedented case is monumental and the world needs to know the truth and the facts. I take great pride in calling myself the most successful financial whistleblower in history because it is true. Governments have reaped billions of dollars in returned assets, fines and penalties. I transformed a trillion dollar industry by myself. This will shed light on the corruption within the banks (UBS), governments (DOJ) and the system as a whole. It will also motivate others to be courageous to expose waste, fraud and corruption in our society.
Bradley Birkenfeld: That is totally correct. It just shows the outright stupidity and corruption within the DOJ. The fact that big banks and big governments are in bed together is outrageous and I will continue to expose this fraud. I was the only banker in the entire financial crisis to go to jail.
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Bradley Birkenfeld: The problem with the DOJ is they abuse their power and have no real oversight to speak of. All the more reason why I need to continue exposing their corruption and incompetence, so the world can see for themselves how bad it really is. Lying to Congress, Federal judges and the media is criminal and the DOJ has done this time and time again.
Bradley Birkenfeld: My epic story is detailed in Lucifer’s Banker complimented by my comprehensive website (www.lucifersbanker.com). My book has been translated into 6 languages with more to follow along with my global lecturing program and advising foreign governments. It exposes the truth behind Swiss Bank secrecy and how it was abused for illegal purposes for decades and how no government could ever penetrate this fortress, except ME! I also expose the corruption with the American (“so-called) justice system with federal judges, federal prosecutors, probation officers, prison guards etc. etc. It is a true story never to be told this way again!
Bradley Birkenfeld: I do not reside in my hometown but I know around the world there has been an amazing response to this historic story. I have lectured globally and advised foreign governments as well as motivating other whistleblowers to do the right thing.
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Bradley Birkenfeld: Foreign countries (especially in Europe) have been shocked by this story of injustice, betrayal and outright fraud. My whistleblowing has helped hundreds of millions of people around the world including taxpayers, bankers, law enforcement, regulatory bodies, government investigators etc. I enjoy lecturing to law and business schools as well as government agencies. Living in Europe is also a pleasure.
Bradley Birkenfeld: We are working on a possible TV series or a movie.
Bradley Birkenfeld: Once again, until the Swiss open up to regulators and law enforcement around the world, they CANNOT be trusted. They might give the impression they are changing and clients are leaving to other jurisdictions but they continue to hide assets and protect certain clientele. What about all the trusts, foundations, companies, safe deposit boxes etc. etc. No transparency or accountability there, so the Swiss have been. Forced to change and the EU and OECD should be doing much more.
Bradley Birkenfeld: Pass proper and proactive whistleblowing laws that protect and compensate whistleblowers for exposing waste, fraud and corruption in our society.
Bradley Birkenfeld: I believe the recent IG report on the FBI further confirms what President Trump has been saying all along. Clean up the corruption or I will do it for you! It is so ingrained but I think steps are being taken to do just that.
Bradley Birkenfeld: The Swiss banks utilized their onshore domestic offices to facilitate their offshore foreign business. They could charge higher fees, hide assets from tax authorities, spouses, business partners etc.They could accept billions of dollars from dictators and in the end claim Swiss bank secrecy. This must end and I effectively did just that.
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Bradley Birkenfeld: You better be totally compliant or a whistleblower might expose you and your firm for illegal conduct. Just ask UBS how their share price is today since I blew the whistle in 2007. Just ask UBS how many billions of dollars of client money left the bank. Just ask UBS how much they paid in legal bills. Just ask UBS how much they paid in fines. Just ask UBS how many colleagues left the bank. The list goes on and on.
Bradley Birkenfeld: Unfortunately, the EU should consult someone like me and other professionals to monitor this system to ensure full and accurate compliance. A special committee of financial whistleblowers and bankers would be the best and most efficient system.
Bradley Birkenfeld: The EU should be more than proactive in this regard.The problem is so many professionals, politicians, CEO’s, billionaires had secret accounts in Switzerland at UBS and other banks. This is a global epidemic! We need to clean up the offshore world as it has.
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Bradley Birkenfeld: It will show to the world (in different languages) that one man CAN and will make a difference when governments fail to act and are even part of the problem. It will motivate others to understand how important it is to be a courageous whistleblower and support strong whistleblowing laws of protection and compensation. It will send a message to every Swiss private banker that you are NO longer protected by this farce called Swiss bank secrecy. It will move to harmonize banking around the world and make society a better place.
Bradley Birkenfeld: Because the DOJ (During the Administration of President Barack Obama) attacked me as they hate whistleblowers. As a whistleblower, I effectively did the job the DOJ should have done for decades. They failed to do it, never fully understood it, wanted to take the credit BUT in the end I made sure the world knew this was because of me NOT because some civil servant hack in an office thinking he can tell lies to support their false narrative. Whistleblowers are obviously afraid of the repercussions: demotion, firing, intimidation, harassment, threats, divorce, finances ruined etc. etc.
Bradley Birkenfeld: Yes. Make sure you have as many supporting internal documents to prove your whistleblowing accusations, put a timeline together of names, dates, people and places, hire a credible lawyer/law firm and ensure you contact me as I would be delighted to help anyone seeking help and assistance in this regard
Bradley Birkenfeld: I might write another book and possibly have a film made or TV series. I enjoy lecturing and advising foreign governments. I will also pursue governments to implement stronger whistleblowing laws that benefit everyone except the BAD guys!