Stephen Kohn had 104 million reasons to be happy on Tuesday. But America’s taxpayers should be happy, too, he said.
56, is one of the Washington attorneys for whistleblower Bradley
Birkenfeld, the former bank executive who helped American authorities
expose tax evasion facilitated by UBS AG, the Swiss banking giant.
On Tuesday, Birkenfeld got his reward from
the Internal Revenue Service: $104 million, the most ever granted to an
individual in a whistleblower case. Kohn and his firm worked on a
contingency basis, entitling them to a cut of Birkenfeld’s award. Kohn
won’t discuss the fee, but he described it as “not a standard
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