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Crime Watch: June 13, 2013

Melvin Mooring, a Gainesville, Virginia, accountant, was sentenced to six years in federal prison for stealing $3.3 million from the company where he served as the chief financial officer. He had pleaded guilty to wire fraud and tax evasion charges in March.

Crime Watch: June 7, 2013

An Alabama woman was sentenced to ten years in prison and ordered to pay $1,198,063 in restitution. Rhashema Deramus and those working for her stole people’s identities and used them to file fraudulent tax returns and obtain tax refunds that were not owed to them.

Crime Watch: June 3, 2013

Thomas Nelson, formerly the CEO of York County Community Action Corporation (YCCAC), was sentenced May 21 in US District Court by Judge Nancy Torresen to thirty months in prison and thirty-six months of supervised release for conspiracy, embezzlement from a federally funded program, tax evasion, and signing false tax returns.

Crime Watch: May 16, 2013

A man who perpetrated a million-dollar investment fraud from California that defrauded New Jersey victims was sentenced May 14 to forty-six months in prison for crimes related to the scheme, US Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.

Justice Department Investigating IRS' Targeting of Conservative Groups

Attorney General Eric Holder is scheduled to testify before the House Judiciary Committee, one day after he announced the Justice Department has opened a criminal investigation of the IRS for improperly scrutinizing the tax-exempt status of groups with conservative titles, such as "tea party" or "patriot," in their applications.

Crime Watch: May 2, 2013

A federal court in Los Angeles has entered an order permanently barring John Trunzo from preparing federal income tax returns and other tax-related documents for others, the Justice Department announced April 30.

Crime Watch: April 29, 2013

Masood Chotani, a CPA from Los Angeles, was sentenced April 25 to two years in prison, followed by one year of supervised release, the Justice Department and the IRS announced. Chotani was also ordered to pay $60,705 in restitution to the IRS.

Crime Watch: April 19, 2013

Former IRS agent-turned-tax preparer Steven Martinez was sentenced April 15 to almost twenty-four years in prison for defrauding clients of more than $11 million and then plotting their murders to prevent them from testifying about the theft.

Crime Watch: April 12, 2013

The United States has filed a civil injunction lawsuit seeking to shut down Mo' Money Taxes of Memphis, Tennessee. The complaint alleges that the estimated tax loss from fraudulent tax return preparation at Mo' Money Taxes in 2011 exceeds $9 million.

Complying with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act

The DOJ and SEC recently published a guide that provides insight into the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and how the agencies carry out their ongoing fight against corruption within companies throughout the world.

Crime Watch: April 4, 2013

A federal jury in Montgomery, Alabama, found James Timothy Turner, also known as Tim Turner, guilty of multiple tax crimes. He faces a potential maximum prison term of 164 years, a maximum potential fine of $2,350,000, and mandatory restitution.

NFL's Freddie Mitchell Pleads Guilty in Tax Fraud Case

Former Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Freddie Mitchell was back in the spotlight in early March, but he probably wishes he wasn't. This appearance wasn't on the field and not on an ESPN special, but in an Orlando federal court to enter a guilty plea for his role in a tax fraud case.

Crime Watch: March 15, 2013

A federal court has permanently barred Crystal Ireland of Detroit, who does business as Master Mind Preparation, from preparing federal tax returns that claim the earned income tax credit. According to the complaint, Ireland fabricated businesses and reported fake business income on her customers' tax returns in order to claim the maximum credit for them.

Crime Watch: March 11, 2013

On March 8, the IRS announced that its Office of Professional Responsibility obtained the disbarment of enrolled agent Lorna M. Walker for stealing a client's tax payments and for preparing tax returns with false deductions for multiple clients.

Crime Watch: March 4, 2013

Appearing before US District Judge Margaret M. Morrow, a Los Angeles woman was sentenced February 25 to three years in prison for her role in a scheme whereby she used the identities of others to defraud the federal bankruptcy and tax systems.

Crime Watch: February 26, 2013

The United States has asked a federal court in Memphis, Tennessee, to permanently bar Ahmed Grant and Lillian Madyun from preparing federal income tax returns for others. The estimated harm to the government is over $2 million for the 2010 tax year alone, and may be as high as $5 million.

Crime Watch: February 12, 2013

Hedge fund manager and CPA administrator Jonathan Davey was convicted by a jury in Charlotte, North Carolina, on February 8 for a $40 million Ponzi scheme. Ten other defendants were also convicted in the case.

Crime Watch: February 5, 2013

Six people were sentenced for a nationwide scheme that caused the filing of tax returns for at least 180 clients from thirty different states, requesting more than $160 million in fraudulent tax refunds.

Crime Watch: January 31, 2013

Florida tax return preparer Torrey Burden allegedly fabricated and inflated deductions and credits to fraudulently reduce customers' tax liabilities. The IRS projects that the tax loss from the returns prepared by Burden could exceed $1 million.

Crime Watch: January 24, 2013

A tax return preparer in Florida allegedly falsified tax returns that cost the US Treasury more than $17 million. After examining over 250 tax returns, the IRS found that over 90 percent understated the taxpayer's liability.


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