Reuters ran an interesting piece on St. Kitts’ economic citizenship programme today, which inevitably touched on the issue of renunciation of U.S. citizenship. However, I was disappointed that the author missed the opportunity to fact-check the U.S. government in the following paragraph:
Adam Bilzerian, a professional poker player and the son of former corporate raider Paul Bilzerian, said he worked through Henley to get citizenship in Austria. But put off by the cost and exclusivity of Austria’s program, he purchased property in St. Kitts, filled out some paperwork, and within a year, became a Kittitian. Then, he became one of 231 Americans to renounce his U.S. passport in 2008. In 2011, government records show, the number of Americans renouncing their citizenship reached 1,788 – the highest number since the government began keeping track in 1997.
Except that Bilzerian’s name does not appear in those “government records”. Continue reading