Midwest Book Reviews, February 2017
Synopsis: As a private banker working for the largest bank in the world, UBS, Bradley Birkenfeld was an expert in Switzerland’s shell-game of offshore companies and secret numbered accounts. He wined and dined ultra-wealthy clients whose millions of dollars were hidden away from business partners, spouses, and tax authorities. As his client list grew, Birkenfeld lived a life of money, fast cars, and beautiful women, but when he discovered that UBS was planning to betray him, he blew the whistle to the US Government.
The Department of Justice scorned Birkenfeld’s unprecedented whistle-blowing and attempted to silence him with a conspiracy charge. Yet Birkenfeld would not be intimidated. He took his secrets to the US Senate, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and the Internal Revenue Service, where he prevailed.
His bombshell revelations helped the US Treasury recover over $15 billion (and counting) in back taxes, fines, and penalties from American tax cheats. But Birkenfeld was shocked to discover that at the same time he was cooperating with the US Government, the Department of Justice was still doggedly pursuing him. He was arrested and served thirty months in federal prison. When he emerged, the Internal Revenue Service gave him a whistle-blower award for $104 million, the largest such reward in history.
In “Lucifer’s Banker: The Untold Story of How I Destroyed Swiss Bank Secrecy”, Birkenfeld provides the reader with a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at the secret Swiss high-net worth banking industry and a harrowing account of our government’s justice system. Readers will follow Birkenfeld and share his outrage with the incompetence and possible corruption at the Department of Justice, and they will cheer him on as he ”hammers” one of the most well-known and powerful banks in the world.
Critique A simply riveting read from cover to cover, “Lucifer’s Banker: The Untold Story of How I Destroyed Swiss Bank Secrecy” needs to be available to every American citizen through their local library. An absolutely essential and critical addition to college and university Political Science and Economics collections, it should be noted for students, political activists, and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that “Lucifer’s Banker” is also available in a Kindle format ($7.39).
Blog Critics, November 10, 2016
Book Review: ‘Lucifer’s Banker: The Untold Story Of How I Destroyed Swiss Bank Secrecy,’ by Bradley C. Birkenfeld
Lucifer’s Banker by Bradley C. Birkenfeld (Greenleaf, November, 2016) opens like a James Bond movie, which is no accident. Let’s make one thing clear: this is a true story. As a private banker for Swiss-based UBS, Birkenfeld lived a life a swaggering luxury, including all the usual trappings: Ferraris, babes, ultra-expensive champagne, and money that flowed like water. And just like water, that kind of money could be invisible — quietly, stealthily flowing into offshore accounts, unseen, unscrutinized, and anonymous. Read the full review
ValueWalk, November 6, 2016
Lucifer’s Banker: The Untold Story of How I Destroyed Swiss Bank Secrecy
Bradley C. Birkenfeld was, in the words of CNBC, “the most significant financial whistle-blower of all time.” In Lucifer’s Banker: The Untold Story of How I Destroyed Swiss Bank Secrecy (Greenleaf Book Group Press, 2016) Birkenfeld, with the very able assistance of Steven Hartov, tells a harrowing tale, beginning with “All roads that lead to federal prisons are long.” Read the full review
Business Game Changers, October 31, 2016
Whistleblower’s New Book Details Incredible Corruption by Hillary, Obama, and the U.S. Justice Department – Birkenfeld
This episode of Business Game Changers features an explosive interview with Bradley Birkenfeld, an American banker who blew the whistle on the corrupt offshore banking practices of the world’s largest bank, UBS. His disclosures led to massive fraud and tax evasion investigations of U.S. taxpayers, UBS, and other banking giants. His new book, Lucifer’s Bankers, shows the incredible back room deals and corrupt maneuvers taken by the Obama Administration, the U.S. Justice Department, and the Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton. Read the full review
BreakingViews, Reuters, October 28, 2016
The story of a UBS banker-turned-whistleblower sounds a cautionary note. Bradley Birkenfeld helped expose tax evasion at the Swiss lender, landing it with a big fine and cracking open the country’s bank secrecy rules. Though he collected a $104 million reward, he also ended up in jail. Read the full review
Justice Integrity Project, October 24, 2016
Courageous Memoir Denounces Bank, Justice Dept. Corruption
Famed bank whistleblower Bradley Birkenfeld launched his tell-all memoir Lucifer’s Banker last week at the National Press Club with a harsh indictment of the nearby headquarters of the U.S. Justice Department. Read the full review
Down with Tyranny, October 21, 2016
A Devil’s Advocate Rings in a Bad Night for Bankers
Skip Kaltenheuser writes: “After reading Birkenfeld’s book, and speaking with an FBI whistleblower at the launch party, I have to laugh at my quaint notion that government waits eager to ride to the rescue of the little guy, to champion even those dwelling far beneath potential headlines with political mileage….if Birkenfeld’s book inspires the aggrieved to find voice, to tell their own stories of injustice at the ground level, they may awake others to the peril slack government places us in. That alone would make the book worth its ink.” Read the full review
Corporate Crime Reporter, October 18, 2016
Bradley Birkenfeld on Corporate Crime in the USA
Corporate Crime Reporter attended the Lucifer’s Banker launch, noting that the book “…clearly exposes our system of no fault corporate crime….” and that “Birkenfeld exposes the perverse outcomes of that system at almost every turn.” Read the full review