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IRS Wants More UBS Names, Burris's 'Courtesy Call', Stanford Probe Widens

POSTED: 10:02 AM ET, 02/20/2009 by Amanda Zamora

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At a time when millions of Americans are losing their jobs, their homes and their health care, it is appalling that more than 50,000 of the wealthiest among us have actively sought to evade their civic and legal duty to pay taxes."
Justice Department's John DiCicco, UBS Vows to Fight Demand for More Names

IRS Wants More UBS Names » One day after the Justice Department claimed to have struck a blow against Swiss bank secrecy, it is clear how limited that blow was: UBS says it surrendered the identities of up to 300 clients to the U.S. government. Seeking more names, the IRS has filed a fresh lawsuit alleging that as many as 52,000 U.S. taxpayers used secret accounts at UBS to hide money from the tax agency. — Washington Post

Burris's 'Courtesy Call' » A former top official for then-Gov. Rod Blagojevich said today he got a "courtesy call" from Roland Burris last fall noting Burris's interest in a vacant U.S. Senate seat -- a contact Burris failed to mention to lawmakers in his evolving testimony about how he got the job. Meanwhile, federal investigators have subpoenaed Patti Blagojevich in connection with their investigation into the former Illinois governor. — Chicago Tribune

Stanford Probe Widens » Federal prosecutors are investigating whether R. Allen Stanford was operating a Ponzi scheme that defrauded investors around the globe; meanwhile, federal agents found the Texas financier in Fredericksburg, Va., yesterday and served him with court documents alleging $9.2 billion in fraud. — Washington Post, Wall Street Journal

Tx. Judge Charged with 'Incompetence' » An ethics panel is charging Sharon Keller, the presiding judge of the state's highest criminal court, with violating her duty by declining to allow a death row prisoner to file an after-hours appeal in 2007. Keller is accused of leaving her office to meet a home repairman on the day of the scheduled execution. — Austin American-Statesman, USA Today

Lawmakers Take Fundraising to Slopes » The deepening economic recession hasn't stopped members of Congress from throwing lavish events to raise campaign money for the 2010 election. — USA Today

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By Amanda Zamora |  February 20, 2009; 10:02 AM ET The Daily Read
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