Stephanie Chomentowski

Stephanie Chomentowski

Blank Rome LLP

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Significant Setbacks to U.S. War on Offshore Tax Evasion with Two Not Guilty Verdicts for Offshore Bankers

As reported in this blog and elsewhere over the past few weeks, Raoul Weil was on trial in Florida for conspiring with U.S. taxpayers to hide their assets from the IRS through secret accounts held at UBS AG. Weil was the...more

11/6/2014 - C-Suite Executives IRS Mizrahi Bank Offshore Banks Offshore Funds Tax Evasion UBS

Swiss Banks Pushing Back on Scope of Agreement with U.S. under Amnesty Program

As reported yesterday by David Voreacos, Giles Broom, and Jeffrey Vogeli, 73 of the over 100 Swiss banks that enrolled in the Justice Department’s amnesty program for Swiss banks have written an 11-page letter requesting...more

10/27/2014 - Banks Foreign Banks Tax Amnesty Tax Evasion

Former UBS Banker Trial Begins in Florida

Opening statements were heard on Tuesday and the first government witness testified yesterday in the trial of ex-UBS AG banking executive Raoul Weil. Prosecutors have sought to show him as the driving force behind the bank’s...more

10/20/2014 - Banks C-Suite Executives Criminal Prosecution DOJ Indictments New Trial Tax Fraud UBS

Tax Lessons from Reality Stars on What Not to Do

Two reality stars recently made headlines for being prosecuted for tax crimes and fraud. In both cases, the reality stars surely knew that consequences were coming: one was the subject of an IRS criminal investigation, and...more

10/16/2014

Facebook and IMs Provide Key Evidence to Prosecutors in Criminal Cases

Two recent events demonstrate how prosecutors are increasingly turning to other forms of electronic information to construct their cases. First, Francisco R. Legaspi, now 61, who had been a fugitive for the past 22 years, was...more

10/9/2014 - Electronically Stored Information Evidence Popular Tax Fraud Tax Returns

DOJ Continues to Prosecute Those Who Fail to File FBARs to Disclose Offshore Accounts

Howard Bloomberg, a forensic account and certified fraud examiner of Atlanta, Georgia, pleaded guilty on Friday to failing to file a Foreign Bank Account Report (FBAR) for the year 2008. Mr. Bloomberg opened a bank account at...more

10/7/2014 - Criminal Prosecution Disclosure Requirements DOJ Enforcement Actions FBAR Federal Prosecutors Foreign Bank Accounts Offshore Funds UBS

More Tax Lessons from Reality Stars on What Not to Do, Plus Lionel Messi

We discussed last week the surprise when a highly visible reality star is charged with or convicted of tax evasion or other financial crimes (see last week’s post here about The Situation and referencing Richard Hatch). This...more

10/6/2014 - Income Taxes Tax Evasion Tax Returns

Lessons from The Situation: Pay your Taxes and Do Not Alter your Accounting Records

Reality stars being charged with tax evasion is always surprising, because not only does the whole television audience see you making money, but the government does, too. The first notable instance was the first winner of the...more

9/26/2014 - CBS Income Taxes Tax Evasion

High Court Opens Door To IRS Personnel Examination

The U.S. Supreme Court issued a unanimous opinion Thursday in United States v. Clarke (No. 13-301) addressing the standard that must be satisfied before a taxpayer can question Internal Revenue Service personnel about its...more

6/25/2014 - Bad Faith Document Requests Enforcement Enforcement Actions IRS Partnerships Request For Information SCOTUS Summons US v Clarke

DOJ Offshore Enforcement Update: In Landmark Case, Credit Suisse Pleads Guilty, Agrees to Pay $2.6 Billion Penalty; Swiss Bank...

Yesterday, the Department of Justice announced that Credit Suisse AG pleaded guilty to having assisted U.S. taxpayers in evading the payment of U.S. taxes and agreed to pay a penalty of $2.6 billion. Deputy Attorney General...more

5/21/2014 - Banks Corporate Taxes Credit Suisse Criminal Prosecution DOJ Enforcement Actions Federal Reserve Foreign Banks Income Taxes IRS OVDP Plea Agreements

Recent Sentences for Federal Tax Crimes in 2014 – Part 3

Today we conclude our review of recent sentences imposed in federal tax crime cases in 2014. In our two previous posts here and here, we reviewed sentences relating to Foreign Bank Account, Tax Evasion, Employment Tax, False...more

4/15/2014 - Criminal Prosecution DOJ Federal Sentencing Guidelines Identity Theft IRS Restitution Tax Evasion Tax Fraud Tax Refunds Tax Returns

Recent Sentences for Federal Tax Crimes in 2014 – Part 2

On Friday, we posted a review here of sentences imposed on defendants in 2014 for Foreign Bank Account, Tax Evasion, and Employment Tax crimes. In this post, we review sentences imposed on defendants in cases involving False...more

4/14/2014 - Audits Criminal Prosecution Federal Sentencing Guidelines IRS Original Issue Discount Restitution Tax Evasion Tax Preparers Tax Returns

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