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  • ** FILE ** Bradley Birkenfeld, a whistleblower in the tax evasion case against Swiss bank UBS AG, holds a news conference outside the Schuylkill County Federal Correctional Institution in Minersville, Pa., Friday, Jan. 8, 2010, before reporting to the federal prison. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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  • Banker Bradley Birkenfeld, a whistleblower implicated in a tax evasion case against Swiss bank UBS AG (left) and Stephen Kohn, executive director of the National Whistleblowers Center, hold a press conference in January 2010 before Birkenfeld reports to a federal prison. (Associated Press)

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  • ** FILE ** Bradley Birkenfeld, a whistle-blower in the tax evasion case against Swiss bank UBS AG, holds a news conference outside the Schuylkill County Federal Correctional Institution in Minersville, Pa., Friday, Jan. 8, 2010, before reporting to the federal prison. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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  • "I think it's an injustice," he said Friday as he reported to a federal prison to begin his sentence. "I'm a proud American who did the best I could for my country and this is how they reward me."

    UBS whistle-blower reports to prison →

  • Bradley Birkenfeld, 44, a former private banker for UBS, said his whistle-blowing exposed "the largest tax fraud in the world" and allowed the Internal Revenue Service to recover billions of dollars in lost revenue.

    UBS whistle-blower reports to prison →

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