Monday, April 15, 2024

Leonardo DiCaprio NEW Money Scandal: Swiss Bank Sponsor of St. Tropez Party Fined $547 Million For Tax Evasion, Fraud by U.S. Government


EXCLUSIVE You may be reading about the lavish over the top party Leonardo DiCaprio threw in St. Tropez this week. Lots of stars came, and Leo made a big deal about donating millions to environmental causes– even though his Foundation does not file any paperwork and has no transparency.

But wait– the sponsor of the night was Swiss banking firm Julius Baer. They’re very private and handle only very discreet, exclusive customers.

In February of this year, Julius Baer was fined $547 million by the Department of Justice--” charged with conspiring with many of its U.S. taxpayer-clients and others to help U.S. taxpayers hide billions of dollars in offshore accounts from the United States Internal Revenue Service (the “IRS”) and to evade U.S. taxes on the income earned in those accounts.”

It’s not enough that DiCaprio is already involved in the federal investigation into the financing of his movie “The Wolf of Wall Street” by Red Granite Productions, a Malaysian film company up to its eyeballs in trouble. Or that two of Leo’s former BFF’s– the late Dana Giacchetto and art dealer — spent time in federal prison for fraud and racketeering.

No, no. Julius Baer’s prosecution by the United States Attorney General is fascinating. Two of Julius Baer’s bankers Daniela Cadadei and Fabio Frazzetto, pleaded guilty to “conspiring with U.S. taxpayer-clients and others to help U.S. taxpayers hide their assets in offshore accounts and to evade U.S. taxes on the income earned in those accounts.”

Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said in a statement: “Bank Julius Baer not only turned a blind eye to tax avoiders, but actually conspired with them to break the law.  Together with our partners at the IRS, we will continue to prosecute financial institutions and individuals who facilitate tax evasion.”

But Leo is seen in hand out photos from the event this week with Bono and other celebrities who probably have no idea what Julius Baer is or what they’ve done against the law.

Other guests included Tobey Maguire, former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, Prince Albert of Monaco, and Kate Hudson. There were performances by Lana Del Rey and The Weeknd.

More to come…read all today’s top stories click here…..

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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