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Judge Scolds Gov’t for Pursuing Millionaire Widow for Tax Evasion

A federal court judge in Florida chided the government for pursuing the conviction of a 79-year-old widow who pleaded guilty to—and paid a $21.6 million penalty in connection with—one of the largest individual offshore tax evasion cases in U.S. history, according to Bloomberg.

The widow, who has a high school education and whose attorney claimed she lived frugally despite her wealth, first contacted a lawyer in 2009 about $43 million in offshore accounts she had inherited when her husband died nine years earlier.

The lawyer didn’t file the paperwork until after the Swiss bank USB had named the widow as one of its clients, thereby disqualifying her for an amnesty program and putting her in jeopardy of serving 37 months in prison.

Read the full article from Bloomberg here.

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