Like many a Swiss banker of his generation, Josef Dorig built a career out of helping Americans evade taxes. And when he got caught, in spite of direct orders not to get caught, he helped bring the whole system down (wink, wink) in exchange for essentially no punishment.
But the mental anguish of being asked to account for decades of such totally reasonable practices as having a colleague carry secret account statements into the U.S. like contraband to briefly display them to clients at hush-hush meetings, that is too much, especially given the ostracism he faces at home for it. And especially when he has to suffer the indignity of seeing his former clients also not going to jail, just like him.
U.S. District Court Judge Gerald Lee sentenced Andreas Bachmann and Josef Dorig to serve five years of unsupervised probation and ordered them to pay fines of $100,000 and $125,000, respectively...Robert Henoch, an attorney at Kobre & Kim who represented Dorig, said on Friday the U.S. should be focused on prosecuting the Americans who dodged taxes. "The system is clearly broken, stacked, and unfair to foreign bankers and trust company officials," he said. "(Dorig) was put through a four year ordeal while U.S. nationals committing the object crime of tax evasion were allowed to escape with a fine, without even a slap on the wrist."