Bradley Birkenfeld, the former UBS banker who won a $104m whistle-blower award after serving time in U.S. prison for tax conspiracy, now wants to move back to Europe before his term of probation is set to end.
Bloomberg News reports that Birkenfeld asked a judge to end his probation with less than a year left or modify its terms so he can leave the U.S., according to a filing in federal court in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Birkenfeld pleaded guilty in 2008 and was sentenced to 40 months in prison after divulging to U.S. authorities how UBS helped thousands of American clients avoid taxes.
“The reason is simple: As the end of his sentence approaches, Birkenfeld, who now resides in New Hampshire, seeks to return to Europe to rebuild his life,” according to the December 16 filing. He wants “to establish a new home so that he can once again be a productive member of society.”
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