In Case You Missed It: IRS Whistleblower Bradley Birkenfeld Is Fully Aware of His Awesomeness

If you've ever met a whistleblower, or heard one give a speech, you never get the sense that they're too caught up in their 15 minutes, marching around to the beat of their kick ass do-gooderness. Typically, it's more of a matter-of-fact story and less a reflection on the heroic moments that turned an ordinary white-collar working stiff into Superman. 

Of course, when you blow the whistle on Switzerland's largest bank for evading a few bajillion dollars in U.S. taxes, it's entirely possible that you might wake up one day and think, "I blew the whistle on Switzerland's largest bank for evading a few bajillion dollars in U.S. taxes."

From the Wall Street Journal, here's an old quote from new multi-millionaire Bradley Birkenfeld that appeared in Bloomberg back in 2010 when the story was rolling: 

"I'm the most famous whistleblower in the history of the world. It's a question of doing the right thing, and that's what I did."

You got that? Sherron Watkins = chopped liver.

[WSJ via Tax Update]

Latest Accounting Jobs--Apply Now:

Have something to add to this story? Give us a shout by email, Twitter, or text/call the tipline at 202-505-8885. As always, all tips are anonymous.

Comments are closed.

Related articles

CPA Firms That Referred Clients to Alliantgroup Have Been Subpoenaed, Asked to Turn Over 11 Years of Client Data

On May 20 the Houston headquarters of R&D tax credit consulting firm Alliantgroup was raided by the IRS, in the weeks since we’ve had plenty of speculation about the whys and we’ve heard countless accounts from current and former Alliantgroup employees about the “evil, toxic, and emotionally damaging company” that employed them. We’ve now learned […]