Forensic Consultant Stephen Hironaka On Criminal Tax Investigations: Part I

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Forensic consultant and former IRS CID and Hawaii Tax Department Criminal Investigator Stephen Hironaka shares his thoughts on how criminal cases are initiated, the importance of whistleblowers, common background profiles for targets of criminal tax investigations, and common investigation scenarios. Can "high living" attract attention? Are criminal tax authorities afraid to go after high profile targets? Do pesky civil auditors and tax collectors generate referrals for the criminal division? Are whistleblowers or informants useful to criminal investigators? Could failure to report rental income from a downstairs unit or spare room really subject me to a criminal inquiry? Answers to these questions and more in Part I.

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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