Could it possibly be linked to the recent probes into US offshore accounts? I think so.
The U.S. Attorney's Office said Steven Michael Rubinstein, 55, of Boca Raton appeared in U.S. District Court in Fort Lauderdale on charges of filing a false tax return last month.
The Obama administration wants UBS to turn over information on thousands of U.S. customers who concealed their accounts from the government in violation of tax laws. UBS has formally accepted responsibility for helping Americans hide assets and agreed to pay $780 million in fines and restitution.
Last month, tax lawyers told The Associated Press that demands for information and evidence have increased sharply since the government sued UBS AG to try to get the names of tens of thousands of U.S. citizens who may have dodged taxes by hiding accounts. Swiss authorities have said they will fight to protect their tradition of bank secrecy.
UBS is struggling after massive writedowns on investments into risky U.S. assets forced it to accept government backing.