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EP 138: Bradley Birkenfeld, The Swiss Banker Turned Whistleblower Who Exposed UBS Switzerland

Bradley C. Birkenfeld was a private baker with UBS Switzerland when he blew the lid of Swiss Bank secrecy by exposing how UBS, the world’s largest bank, helped ultra-wealthy Americans commit billions in tax fraud. Today he’ll reveal the dirty little secrets of Swiss Banking and how one would go about opening one. He’ll discuss how UBS courted wealthy Americans who wanted to hide their money, and then made it as hard as possible for their clients to withdraw from their own accounts. He’ll talk about UBS’s dealings with the brother of the world’s most notorious terrorist and the surprisingly cozy ties between UBS and Washington politicians that may have led Justice Department officials to throw Birkenfeld under the bus in order to protect some of the wealthiest and most powerful people in America.

If you enjoyed today’s podcast, then you can order Bradley Birkenfeld's book Lucifer’s Banker: The Untold Story of How I Destroyed Swiss Bank Secrecy on Amazon or you can also download the audio version for free at For more information on Bradley Birkenfeld, visit and follow him on Twitter at @LucifersBanker.

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