Jay Nanavati

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Tennessee Legislator Convicted of Tax Fraud

On August 8, 2016, Tennessee State Rep. Joseph Armstrong (D-Tenn.) was convicted by a federal district court jury of filing a false federal income tax return, and acquitted of tax evasion and conspiracy. Armstrong’s...more

8/11/2016 - Criminal Prosecution Tax Fraud Tax Returns

U.S. Tax Court Gives Strong Boost to Computer-Assisted Review

On July 13, 2016, in Dynamo Holdings Limited P’ship v. Comm’r, the U.S. Tax Court strongly defended the taxpayer’s use of computer-assisted review in a dispute with the IRS. In a 2014 decision in the same case, the Tax Court...more

7/28/2016 - Discovery IRS Predictive Coding Tax Court Technology-Assisted Review Young Lawyers

Asset Forfeiture Reform Bill Moving Through Congress

The “Restraining Excessive Seizure of Property through the Exploitation of Civil Asset Forfeiture Tools Act” (tortuously abbreviated as the RESPECT Act) (H.R. 5523) continues to make its way through Congress, with a markup ...more

7/12/2016 - Asset Seizure Currency Transaction Reports (CTR) Financial Institutions Forfeiture IRS

Is a Hurry-Up Wire Transfer of $3 Billion on Behalf of a Malaysian Government Fund to a Little-Known Private Bank Suspicious?...

Multiple news sources are reporting that the U.S. government is conducting an investigation into whether Goldman Sachs violated the so-called Bank Secrecy Act (real and less-Orwellian name: Currency and Foreign Transactions...more

6/9/2016 - Bank Secrecy Act Financial Institutions FinCEN Goldman Sachs Wire Transfers

Reversal of Countrywide Fraud Verdict a Reminder of Government’s Heavy Burden of Proof

On May 23, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit reversed a jury’s finding of civil fraud against Countrywide Home Loans and other lenders, finding that the government had failed to prove fraud in...more

6/1/2016 - Burden of Proof Countrywide Fannie Mae FIRREA Freddie Mac Mortgages Tax Fraud

U.S. Treasury Seeks to Stanch Flow of Proceeds of Corruption and Other Crimes Into Manhattan and Miami Luxury Real Estate

On January 13, 2016, the U.S. Treasury’s financial intelligence unit, known as the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), announced the issuance of geographic targeting orders (GTOs) to certain unnamed real estate...more

1/20/2016 - Bank Secrecy Act Beneficial Owner FinCEN GTO Reporting Requirements Title Insurance

Global Tax Enforcement in 2016: What You Need to Know

The investigation and prosecution of tax evasion has, in the past decade, grown from a specialized subcategory of law enforcement into a first-tier policy concern for the international community. Financial institutions,...more

1/5/2016 - DOJ Enforcement Actions FACTA Financial Adviser Financial Institutions Foreign Banks IRS John Doe Investigation Swiss Banks Tax Evasion

IRS and DOJ Use a New Method to Defeat Taxpayers’ Fifth Amendment Argument Against Turning Over Foreign Account Records

At virtually every turn, courts have ruled against taxpayers who have asserted their Fifth Amendment privilege against self-incrimination to avoid turning over foreign account records to the government, citing the “Required...more

1/5/2016 - Fifth Amendment Foreign Financial Accounts IRS Required Records Doctrine Self-Incrimination

Congress Passes Law Revoking Passports of Those with “Seriously Delinquent Tax Debt”

On December 3, 2015, Congress passed a bill requiring the IRS to notify the State Department of any taxpayer with “seriously delinquent tax debt” and requiring the State Department to revoke that taxpayer’s passport until the...more

12/8/2015 - IRS New Legislation Passports Tax Avoidance Tax Liability

“Unclean Hands” Prevent UBS and Birkenfeld from Recovering Damages from Olenicoff for Malicious Prosecution

On July 23, 2015, the Superior Court in Orange County, California, dismissed a lawsuit brought by UBS and joined by whistleblower Bradley Birkenfeld against former UBS customer Igor Olenicoff. The suit alleged malicious...more

7/31/2015 - Criminal Prosecution Fraud Malicious Prosecution Summary Judgment Tax Advice UBS

The IRS Turns Up the Heat on Hedge Fund-Backed Reinsurance

After years of inaction, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is throwing up obstacles to enjoying the tax advantages of hedge fund-backed reinsurance. On April 24, 2015, the IRS issued a notice of proposed rulemaking titled...more

6/10/2015 - Foreign Insurance Companies Hedge Funds IRS NPRM Passive Foreign Investment Company Reinsurance

Global Tax Enforcement in 2015: What You Need to Know

Tax fraud occurs on a considerable scale that can exceed law enforcement’s ability to detect and punish the conduct. This is true at both the federal and state levels. As of 2015, the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) and the...more

6/2/2015 - Banking Sector DOJ FATCA IRS OECD Offshore Funds OVDP Strategic Enforcement Plan Tax Evasion Tax Fraud

BSI Is First Bank to Reach Resolution in DOJ’s Program for Swiss Banks

BSI of Lugano, Switzerland, became the first bank to earn a non-prosecution agreement under the U.S. DOJ’s Program for Swiss Banks, paying a penalty of $211 million. First announced on August 29, 2013, the program offered...more

4/1/2015 - Banks Corporate Fines DOJ Non-Prosecution Agreements Swiss Banks Tax Evasion

Ex-Credit Suisse Bankers Sentenced to Probation in Exchange for Cooperation

On March 27, 2015, a judge in the Eastern District of Virginia sentenced former Credit Suisse bankers Josef Doerig and Andreas Bachmann to five years of probation. Their sentences were the result of their cooperation with the...more

3/31/2015 - Banks C-Suite Executives Credit Suisse Criminal Prosecution Enforcement Actions

Update: Banca Privada d’Andorra Succumbs After FinCEN Action

On March 16, 2015, the Spanish subsidiary of Banca Privada d’Andorra, Banco de Madrid, sought bankruptcy protection in the midst of a run on the bank by depositors. ...more

3/19/2015 - Commercial Bankruptcy Enforcement Actions FinCEN

FinCEN Blacklists Banca Privada d’Andorra

On March 10, 2015, FinCEN designated Banca Privada d’Andorra, based in the Principality of Andorra, as a foreign financial institution of primary money-laundering concern pursuant to Section 311 of the USA PATRIOT Act...more

3/12/2015 - Blacklist FFI FinCEN Money Laundering Patriot Act

New York Restaurateur Pleads Guilty to Hiding Money in Swiss Accounts

On February 19, 2015, Georges Briguet, the owner of New York restaurant Le Perigord, pleaded guilty to one count of corruptly endeavoring to obstruct the IRS by concealing the existence of his Swiss bank accounts. According...more

2/23/2015 - IRS Offshore Funds Tax Evasion

Former Wegelin Banker Reportedly Arrested on U.S. Warrant in Germany

Multiple outlets are reporting that on February 2, 2015, three years after his indictment in the Southern District of New York, Swiss banker Roger Keller was arrested at the Frankfurt airport. On January 3, 2012, the U.S....more

2/10/2015 - Criminal Prosecution Extradition Indictments Tax Evasion

California Physician Pleads Guilty to Failing to File FBAR for Bank Leumi Account

On February 2, 2015, Baruch Fogel, a California doctor, pleaded guilty in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California to one count of willful failure to report the existence of a foreign bank account on a...more

2/4/2015 - Civil Monetary Penalty Criminal Prosecution FBAR Foreign Bank Accounts

Bank Leumi Enters Into DPA with U.S. Department of Justice

A major Israeli international bank admitted that it conspired to aid and assist U.S. taxpayers to prepare and present false tax returns to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) by hiding income and assets in offshore bank...more

12/23/2014 - Deferred Prosecution Agreements DOJ Enforcement Actions Foreign Bank Accounts IRS Offshore Funds

Singapore Signs FATCA IGA

On December 9, 2014, Singapore’s Inland Revenue Authority announced that Singapore and the United States had on that day entered into a Model 1 FATCA IGA. ...more

12/11/2014 - FATCA Intergovernmental Agreements Singapore

Treasury Announces Relief for Countries with In-Substance FATCA IGAs

On December 1, 2014, the U.S. Treasury Department announced that countries that have reached FATCA inter-governmental agreements (IGAs) in substance but have not signed the agreements by the December 31 deadline will, under...more

12/3/2014 - FATCA Intergovernmental Agreements U.S. Treasury

Hong Kong Signs FATCA IGA

On November 13, 2014, Hong Kong announced that it had signed a Model 2 FATCA IGA. Under the agreement Hong Kong financial institutions will enter into separate FFI agreements with the IRS and will report information on U.S....more

11/18/2014 - FATCA FFI Hong Kong Intergovernmental Agreements IRS

FinCEN Strikes at Virtual Currency Anonymity, Rules that Virtual Currency Converter is a Money Services Business Under Bank...

On October 27, 2014, FinCEN ruled in response to a Request for Administrative Ruling that a company that converts traditional currencies into Bitcoin to facilitate payments must comply with regulations that govern Money...more

11/3/2014 - Bank Secrecy Act Bitcoin FinCEN Money Services Business

New Hampshire Man Pleads Guilty Regarding Accounts in Switzerland, Israel, and Jersey

On October 20, 2014, Menashe Cohen pleaded guilty in New Hampshire federal court to one count of filing a false income tax return for failing to report the existence of his Swiss and Israeli bank accounts on his 2009 tax...more

10/22/2014 - Criminal Prosecution Foreign Banks Income Taxes Tax Evasion Tax Fraud

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