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Prison “Suicide” in Switzerland of Financial Whistle-Blower

Comment: The man who purloined bank records that revealed that German nationals were using foreign bank accounts to avoid paying taxes has allegedly “committed suicide” in a Swiss prison.

How convenient. One can but wonder who might benefit from this.

“Suspect in Swiss Tax Data Sale to Germany Found Dead in Suspected Suicide” by Carolyn Bandel; bloomberg.com; 10/1/2010.

Excerpt: An Austrian man held in connection with the theft of Swiss bank-account details and their sale to Germany is believed to have killed himself in prison.

Guards at a regional jail in the Swiss capital of Bern discovered the 42-year-old man dead in his cell on Sept. 29 as they came to bring him breakfast, the Swiss federal prosecutor’s office said in an e-mailed statement. He had been detained since mid-September on suspicion of economic espionage, it said.

The suspect, who wasn’t identified, was held in an investigation into the alleged theft of client data from Swiss banks, which were subsequently sold to German tax investigators, prosecution spokeswoman Jeanette Balmer said today by e-mail. Officials in the German state of Baden-Wuerttemberg said in August they were using information from an informant to identify possible tax dodgers who stashed funds in Switzerland.  . . .

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