Government handling of stolen goods.
The British tax authorities have paid an informant for the bank details of scores of wealthy Britons. The records were stolen from one of the world’s most secretive tax havens.
HM Revenue & Customs paid £100,000 for data that it is using to launch investigations of up to 100 British citizens who have accounts at Liechtenstein’s biggest bank.
Revenue men prise open princely tax haven, Liechtenstein - Times Online
Germany sent shockwaves through the world of private wealth management when it acknowledged last week that its foreign intelligence service had paid £3.2m for details of accounts held by several hundred tax-dodging Germans at a bank owned by the royal family in Liechtenstein.
The landlocked principality, which regards the secrecy of bank accounts as sacred, reacted in fury: Prince Alois appealed for sympathy by suggesting that his country, which had stayed neutral through the last war, was coming under the German boot.
“We are under bombardment from a great power,” said the impeccably groomed Sandhurst-educated prince, adding that Germany’s loss of revenue to offshore havens was its own fault for imposing high taxes.
To what depths have we sunk when Her Majesty's Revenue men knowingly buy and use stolen goods, and are proud of it.