Florida judge rejects prison delay for UBS banker-turned-informant

Published: Monday, January 4, 2010 at 10:06 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 4, 2010 at 10:06 a.m.

MIAMI — A Florida federal judge refuses to delay the prison reporting date for a former Swiss banker-turned-informant who helped launch a massive U.S. tax evasion investigation.

U.S. District Judge William Zloch on Monday rejected the delay request from former UBS AG banker Bradley Birkenfeld. He is to begin serving a sentence of three years and four months on Friday.

Birkenfeld had asked for a delay so that he could provide more information to U.S. investigators in hopes of winning a shorter sentence. Prosecutors say Birkenfeld's disclosures beginning in summer 2007 led to disclosure of thousands of suspected American tax cheaters and pierced the secrecy surrounding Swiss banking.

Birkenfeld pleaded guilty last year to a fraud conspiracy charge.

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