A New York man admitted his role in one of the largest credit card fraud schemes ever charged by the Justice Department. He and a coconspirator caused more than $200 million in confirmed losses to businesses and financial institutions.
Who would've ever thought Beanie Babies would emerge as part of a tax evasion scheme? Only in America. But on September 19, the billionaire creator of Beanie Babies, Ty Warner, was hit with charges of tax evasion.
Beth Ann Pettyjohn of Englewood, Colorado, was sentenced to serve twenty-eight months in federal prison for failure to pay over employment tax. The judge also ordered her to pay $4,669,532.05 in restitution to the IRS as well as a $25,000 fine.
A couple from Iowa and a Las Vegas accountant were charged September 11 with conspiring to defraud the IRS of more than $700,000 by allegedly using nominee corporations and bank accounts to hide their income and other assets.
Spanish soccer star Lionel Messi and his father, Jorge Horacio Messi, protested their innocence when authorities accused them of filing false tax returns last June. Still, they agreed to pay additional taxes to settle the government's claims against them.
David Haigler, who pleaded guilty in US District Court for the Middle District of Alabama September 5, 2013, to one count of theft of public funds and to one count of passing US Treasury checks with forged endorsements, faces twenty years in prison.