Bernard Kramer pleaded guilty

On August 19, 2014, Bernard Kramer pleaded guilty in the Southern District of New York to conspiracy to defraud the United States and filing a false income tax return relating to his concealment of at least $1.1 million in bank accounts in Switzerland and Israel. For 23 years, Kramer had an undeclared account at a Swiss private bank and repatriated some of the money to the United States in the form of checks drawn for just under $10,000 each. In 2010, after the U.S. government’s investigation of UBS was well known, Kramer moved his money out of the Swiss private

The defendant allegedly concealed a Swiss bank account, became a so-called ‘leaver’ when he moved his money out of Switzerland, and attempted to structure his financial transactions by keeping them under $10,000 to avoid the bank issuing Currency Transaction Reports (CTR’s) to the U.S. Treasury. The odd thing about the allegedly structured transactions is that they accomplished nothing, since banks only issue CTR’s for transactions that involve actual currency, and checks are not currency.

Kramer agreed to cooperate with the government and to pay a civil penalty of $588,042. He faces a maximum of eight years in prison when he is sentenced on February 6, 2015.

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