Forensic consultant and former IRS CID and Hawaii Tax Department Criminal Investigator Stephen Hironaka shares his thoughts on typical developments during a criminal tax or fraud investigation. During an investigation, what are the ramifications of filing an unfiled return, amending an 'incorrect' return, paying outstanding taxes, or admitting wrongdoing? Can lawyers make a difference? What are some of the ramifications of destroying records? Mr. Hironaka offers his perspective on these actions and more.
Mr. Hironaka is available to assist legal counsel in criminal and civil legal proceedings to include facilitating counsel’s understanding of financial activities and transactions, testifying in court as an expert witness, and preparing visual aids to support trial evidence. He is able to analyze financial evidence and communicate his findings in the form of reports and exhibits. Due to his extensive professional background, Mr. Hironaka is familiar with operative legal concepts and forensic procedures. Criminal defense applications may involve tax crimes, embezzlement, fraud, bribery, Ponzi schemes, money laundering, identity theft and forgery. Civil litigation aspects may involve divorce, child support, alimony, and other issues of a financial nature.
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