Former CPA, a Pakistan Fugitive, Indicted
Masood Chotani, a Los Angeles County former CPA and tax return preparer who spent the last three years as a fugitive in Pakistan, was arraigned July 12 on charges that he conspired to defraud the United States and made false claims for income tax refunds, the IRS announced.
Social Security Fraud
Steven Miller, the IRS deputy commissioner for services and enforcement, told USA Today that Social Security fraud is a growing problem. "The IRS last year stopped more than 260,000 fraudulent tax returns involving confirmed cases of identity theft, preventing an estimated $1.4 billion in refunds from reaching suspected criminals," said Miller.
- Tax Return Preparer Headed to Jail for Close to Eight Years
- Florida Tax Preparer Pled Guilty to Wire Fraud and Identity Theft
Source: U.S. Department of Justice
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