Sunday, March 9, 2014

List of 14 Swiss Banks Under Criminal Investigation (3/9/14)

Here is my current list of the 14 Category 1  banks under criminal investigation with no opportunity to join the U.S. Swiss Bank initiative:

Bank Frey
Bank Hapoalim (Switzerland)
Bank Julius Baer
Bank Leumi (Switzerland)
Basler Kantonalbank
Credit Suisse AG
HSBC Private Bank (Suisse)
Liechtensteinische Landesbank (Switzerland) Ltd.
Mizrahi-Tefahot (Switzerland)
Neue Privat Bank
Neue Zürcher Bank
Pictet & Cie
Rahn & Bodmer
Zürcher Kantonalbank

I would appreciate readers advising if this list is not correct.

Addendum on 5/21/15:  I found another list, Swiss Banks Entering U.S. Client Disclosure Program (Swissinfo 10/15/14), here.  The Swissinfo list overlaps except that (i) Neue Zürcher Bank is on my llist and not on Swissinfo list and (ii) Group SCA is on the Swissinfo and not on my list.



    An in light of the report, consider the questions and concerns we have had regarding:

    1) lack of redress for data leaks and data theft under FATCA and the BSA FBARs for all those who are required to report, or who FIs and NFFIs will automatically report on.

    2) lack of redress, notice, transparency, accountabililty for misappropriation of the data collected and remitted to the IRS and Treasury – and from thence onwards stored, shared, disseminated with NO controls or transparency or accountability to any and all agencies as
    the US chooses as per Homeland Security and Patriot Act, on accounts jointly held by NON-US person spouses, family members, estates, trusts, business partners and others who have NO US connection or legal obligation.

    They own that data and their own personal information. FATCA denies NON-US persons control over their own personal and account information.

    3) the intent and efforts of Senator Levin to make certain that the information collected under
    FATCA NOT be subject to any limitations such as those which govern the sharing of income tax return information. See; “….A letter written by Senator Carl Levin (D-MI) to the IRS originally tipped Jatras off to the FATCA privacy concern. Referencing United States Code Chapter 26, Section 6103, Levin argues that foreign bank information of US citizens
    should be legal to collect :

    FFIs are not, after all, U.S. taxpayers, and will not be supplying
    tax information on behalf of their U.S. clients; they will instead be
    providing information about accounts opened by U.S. persons. The U.S.
    Supreme Court has long held that bank account information is not
    inherently confidential but is subject to inspection by law enforcement
    and others in appropriate circumstances. Foreign account information is
    too important to a wide range of civil and criminal law enforcement and
    national security efforts to be designated as tax return information
    bound by Section 6103’s severe restrictions on access.


    Interestingly, so far, I have not seen them touch the question of the misappropriation
    of NON-US person’s personal and financial data. I suspect they hope that will not get too much attention. They might say that if non-US persons want their data protected that their only recourse is not to have joint accounts with US persons. That I think is a very weak claim.

  2. Sods -----


    For almost two
    decades we have strived to get justice for the injustice we have
    suffered at the hands of a world renowned bank--- PICTET & CIE.

    Two yorkshiremen
    both running their own small family businesses trying to resolve the
    problem by taking all the correct legal procedures to recover their

    The matter was
    raised in Parliament – twice-- the FSA investigated the matter
    concluding that PICTET had rogues operating in their London Bank ---
    but the rogues had left ---saying no one left to prosecute.??? -----
    so there.

    We then
    approached the Financial Ombudsman Service. (FOS) --- our case was
    dealt with by seven different people ---- then our numerous E-Mails
    were ignored --- nobody would speak to us -------so there.

    We then asked the
    SFO ( Serious Fraud Office.) to investigate our case ---- the
    criteria of our case ticked all their boxes. --- we were instructed
    not to send them

    documents/evidence.------ in fact they wrote to us advising us to go
    to the Citizen's Advice Bureau.(CAB.)

    Richard Alderman
    the SFO boss ---- who responded to our letter was the same man who
    would not investigate the “ Madoff” scandal or the “Libor”

    The MP's
    committee ---- said he was sloppy--- and the SFO was run like “
    Fred Karno's Circus” ----- it was an office of fraud.----- so

    Our M.P.
    approached our local Chief Constable to investigate----- he was
    called---- Sir Norman Bettison--- Chief Constable of West Yorkshire
    Police ---- a force that made “ Dad's Army” look like the S.A.S.
    They were inept – corrupt ---malicious --- from top to bottom. We
    were criminally dealt with by the Forces Solicitor---- the Head of
    the Economic Crime Unit ----and the Chief Constable ----- so there.

    We were then
    advised to pass our complaint against West Yorkshire Police to the
    I.P.C.C. – which we did --- they advised us to make our complaint
    to ---- the West Yorkshire Police --- we did with reluctance --- all
    we got was abuse and obfuscation. ----- so there.

    Sir Norman
    Bettison ---- The Forces solicitor--- and the Head of the Economic
    Crime ---- have all been removed from their posts and facing criminal

    ------ so there.

    We even sought
    justice through the Courts --- culminating in a visit to the Court of
    Appeal-London.--- On leaving the Courts of Appeal that day our
    barrister a “rising star” informed us --- that if that was
    Justice then you can keep it. He quit the law and moved to Canada
    ----- so there.

    A few years later
    we learned that one of the judges in our case at the Court of Appeal
    was related to a senior executive of the Pictet Bank -----so there.

    Pictet & Cie
    .Bank --- voted private bank of the year 2013.

    Ivan Pictet ----
    Voted banker of the year 2012. ---- the senior partner --- lied on
    numerous occasions and had documents destroyed --- also said genuine
    documents were forgeries. ----- so there.

    Ivan Pictet in
    Oct. 2013 ---- Given the Legion of Honour --- but saying that ----
    honours were given to Hitler --- Eichmann --- Mussolini ---Franco
    --- he's in fitting company. ----so there.

    RAPHAEL.Q.C. -- Peters & Peters.London. They were the banks

    Raphael.Q.C. along with Ivan Pictet withheld crucial documents
    requested by the High Court ---- the FSA ---- and the police Fraud
    Squad. ----so there.

    Raphael.Q.C. became an Honorary Queens Counsellor in March. 2012.

    Raphael.Q.C. became a Master of the Bench in Nov.2012.

    An expert in
    Fraud ---the Doyen of Fraud Lawyers. ----- so there.

    This says a lot
    about Banks --- the consensus of opinion is that they are highly paid
    “crooks” ---- no wonder they voted Ivan Pictet banker of the

    It appears that
    crimes in the “establishment.” are honoured by their peers.


    Full Story.----
    “google or Yahoo ”




    Ivan Pictet/Monty

  3. IRS Employee Took Home Data on 20,000 Workers at Tax Agency

    An Internal Revenue Service employee took home a computer thumb drive containing unencrypted data on 20,000 fellow workers, the agency said in a statement. The tax agency’s systems that hold personal data on hundreds of millions of Americans weren’t breached, the statement said Tuesday.

    “This incident is a powerful reminder to all of us that we must do everything we can to protect sensitive data—whether it involves our fellow employees or taxpayers,” IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said in a message to employees. “This was not a problem with our network or
    systems, but rather an isolated incident.”

    Lol..... an isolated incident,hmm I guess time will tell !

  4. Combination of recent developments regarding the data insecurity
    dangers, and what that might mean for what the US is demanding of the
    entire globe re US tax and financial account/asset reporting compliance –

    The IRS still cannot assure security of our data :
    ‘GAO Says IRS Security Lapses Place Financial and Taxpayer Data at Risk’
    Washington, D.C. (April 8, 2014)
    By Michael Cohn

    and the US government reports that continue to confirm it (only the most recent of several to state the same thing),

    Information Security:
    ‘IRS Needs to Address Control Weaknesses That Place Financial and Taxpayer Data at Risk’
    GAO-14-405: Published: Apr 8, 2014. Publicly Released: Apr 8, 2014.

    ‘Heartbleed Bug Causes Major Security Headache’
    by The Associated Press
    April 09, 2014

    Though the IRS states in this story that it was not affected and that taxpayers filing returns should continue as normal, we don’t know how it might affect the online filing of FBAR/now Form 114 – (filing online now mandatory) and FATCA. And given the GAO reports, and the IRS plague of identity theft and data security issues – why should I trust the IRS
    word on this?


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