The IRS relies on illegally-obtained bank information to fuel its offshore account crusade. There appears to be no limit on the use of information stolen by ex-employees or others — those doing it for money, conscience, or to spite an ex-employer.
A French court has thrown out a tax evasion prosecution of a French citizen whose name was obtained as one of 3,000 people identified in stolen bank data.
Would we see a judge in the United States do this? Let’s ask Jack Townsend.