Tax Fraud

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Russia requests that INTERPOL issue a Red Notice for William Browder again

Russia's preoccupation with obtaining a Red Notice against William Browder continues. I first addressed this issue here. For those who haven't followed the case, William Browder is the chief executive officer and co-founder...more

Florida Doctor Sentenced for Defrauding the IRS

On May 9, 2014, a Florida doctor was sentenced to serve two years in prison and three years supervised release for conspiring to defraud the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The doctor was found guilty of concealing millions...more

The IRS will not flag, identify or otherwise note a SSN that may be subject to identity theft and subsequent tax fraud. Go figure....

Nearly every day there’s another news story about another company suffering a data breach, either as a result of a lost or stolen device or because the company was hacked. Talk to any number of knowledgeable attorneys skilled...more

Swiss Bank Pleads Guilty In Alleged Tax Evasion Conspiracy

On May 19, the DOJ announced that a Swiss bank pleaded guilty and entered into agreements with federal and state regulators to resolve a multi-year investigation into the bank’s alleged conspiracy to assist U.S. taxpayers in...more

Whistleblowers Could be the First Responders Against Fraud

We knows who the first responders are. When a student opened fire at a Nevada middle school on Monday morning, October 21, 2013, teacher Michael Landsberry sacrificed his life to protect the children in the school. Teacher...more

New York AG Settles Tax Fraud Case against Lantheus Medical Imaging For $6.2 Million

Lantheus Medical Imaging Inc. – formerly, Bristol-Myers Squibb Medical Imaging – recently agreed to pay $6.2 million to settle a qui tam suit alleging that it committed tax fraud. The plaintiff, a Lantheus tax servicer,...more

Ex-Israeli Banker Indicted for Assisting Americans in Tax Fraud

On April 30, 2014, a federal grand jury in Los Angeles, California, indicted Shokrollah Baravarian for Klein conspiracy: conspiracy to defraud the United States by impairing and impeding the IRS. ...more

Court’s Ruling Holding Corporate Officer Responsible for Trust Fund Recovery Penalty Illustrates Risk of Personal Liability for...

A district court in the Northern District of California has held that the officer of a now-defunct corporation is personally responsible for the Trust Fund Recovery Penalty based upon the company’s failure to collect, account...more

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

Fraudulent Tax Returns Completed By Tax Preparers Can Cause Legal Issues For Taxpayers

Taxpayers should choose preparers judiciously and know when to seek legal support for tax fraud defense - The federal tax code has become so massive that even the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) admits that its agents...more

New York’s Appellate Division Affirms New York Attorney General’s Ability To Proceed With Tax Fraud Suit Against Sprint

Last spring, a New York trial court denied Sprint’s motion to dismiss the New York Attorney General’s lawsuit alleging tax fraud under the New York False Claims Act (NY FCA). Specifically, the NY AG claims that Sprint...more

First Lady Of Tax Fraud

The IRS just issued its Criminal Investigation Annual Report. Budget constraints caused the staffing of Special Agents to drop to the lowest numbers in recent history, but 2013 included a 12.5 percent increase in...more

Can SOX Go Overseas? The Debate Continues

The continuing controversy over whether retaliation claims under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act ("SOX") cover activities outside the United States continues to play out in the courts and administrative bodies. The two leading cases...more

Complaint about Foreign Tax Violations Sunk Under SOX

On February 12, 2014, the Fifth Circuit in Villanueva v. U.S. Department of Labor held that an employee did not engage in protected activity under SOX when he reported alleged violations of Columbian tax laws to U.S....more

Gentleman’s Club Owner Hit With Fraud Penalty

A new Tax Court decision just came out – Potter v. Commissioner, TC Memo 2014-18. The case involved a “gentleman’s club” owner in Michigan. In December 2006 IRS special agents engaged in an undercover investigation of...more

Behind Royal Allegations: Leveraging the Fraud Triangle to Positively Impact Your Anti-Corruption Training

It seems that the Spanish royal family can’t do anything right these days. Recall that the initial tarnish on the family came from legal, albeit unseemly occurrences (i.e. rumors of the King’s extra-marital affairs, the...more

Beanie Babies Creator Seeks Probation for $107 Million UBS Account

The Chicago Tribune reports that Beanie Babies creator Ty Warner, who pleaded guilty last year to one of the largest tax frauds in Chicago-area history, has asked the federal court to sentence him to probation. His sentencing...more

Raminfard Guilty Plea Highlights Complexity Of International Tax Compliance, Seriousness Of Violations, Importance Of IRS Offshore...

Los Angeles Businessman, David Raminfard, pleaded guilty on November 4th, 2013 in the Federal District Court in Los Angeles to conspiring to defraud the United States, the Justice Department and Internal Revenue...more

FinCEN: Accountant and Elder Abuse

We have been keeping track of FinCEN's SAR Activity Review – Trends, Tips & Issues virtually from its inception. In its just issued May 2013 report, FinCEN provides new information regarding two areas of importance: 1)...more

HM Revenue & Customs - Tax Evasion Enforcement

There has been much publicity regarding tax avoidance of late in the UK. In the age of austerity, tax avoidance by companies is scruitnised by the press and is a hot topic with the public....more

Grand Jury Indicts Swiss Lawyer and Banker in Tax Evasion Scheme

A New York federal grand jury recently indicted a Swiss lawyer and bank executive for their roles in allegedly assisting US citizens with hiding assets in Swiss bank accounts, allowing the US citizens to evade income taxes....more

Filer Beware – The Growth Of Fraudulent Tax Returns

The filing of fraudulent tax returns resulting from identity theft is a growing business in America. If it wasn’t bad enough that the criminals would try to get money out of your bank or use the information to purchase goods...more

Legal Alert: Senate Finance Committee Hears Testimony on Proposal to Limit Access to Death Master File

On April 16, 2013, the Senate Finance Committee held a hearing on “Tax Fraud and Tax ID Theft: Moving Forward With Solutions,” including testimony on proposals to restrict access to the Social Security Administration’s Death...more

Legal Alert: Administration Proposes To Limit Access to Death Master File

Over the past two years, states have undertaken various initiatives – including audits, exams, regulations, and legislation – intended to require insurers to compare their life insurance policy records with the record of...more

Meet Five Celebrities Who Have Had Worse Tax Days Than Yours

In celebration of Tax Day today, we here at Law Law Land offer tribute to our favorite celebrity/IRS run-ins. Now, lest you think this is just another list airing dirty celebrity tax laundry, think again. This is a classy...more

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