LawFuel.com – US Attorney Announcements and News – Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that JACQUES WAJSFELNER was sentenced today to six months of probation, including three months of home confinement, for willfully failing to file Reports of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (“FBARs”) with the IRS, regarding Swiss bank accounts that he maintained and controlled. WAJSFELNER used the services of Beda Singenberger, a Swiss financial adviser who was charged in July 2011 with conspiring with various U.S. taxpayers and others to hide more than $184 million offshore at various Swiss banks.
WAJSFELNER also had undeclared accounts at Wegelin & Co., a Swiss bank sentenced yesterday for conspiring to evade taxes, file false tax returns, and defraud the IRS in the Southern District of New York, and Credit Suisse. As part of his resolution of the criminal charges against him, WAJSFELNER agreed to pay a civil penalty of over $2.8 million, representing 50% of the high value of the accounts that he maintained. Today’s sentence was imposed by U.S. District Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald.