Fraud

Practice Management

New Major IRS Phone Scam Highlights Dangers

Well-disguised con artists lurk all over the Internet with plausible, but dangerous, schemes centered on the IRS and other entities. Be very careful.
Practice

PwC Survey: No Let Up In Fraud at US Companies

Forty-five percent of organizations in the United States experienced some type of fraud in the past two years, more than the global average of 37 percent, according to a recent global survey from Big Four firm PwC. In addition, two types of economic crimes are particularly on the rise: accounting fraud and bribery and corruption.
Tax

Report: IRS Criminal Prosecutions Up 23.4% under Obama

A new report from Syracuse University found that the number of referrals for criminal prosecution by the IRS has risen by nearly a quarter under the Obama administration compared to George W. Bush’s years in the White House.
Tax

Bernie Madoff Cried as His Empire Toppled

The name Bernard Madoff has become synonymous with investment scams after his firm defrauded investors of $20 billion in investments and $47 billion in fake profit his clients believed they had.
Tax

IRS Warns Taxpayers of Phone Scam

A phone scam in which taxpayers, especially recent immigrants, are told they owe money to the IRS and are threatened with arrest or deportation if they don't pay up has been occurring lately in nearly every state in the country.
Tax

TIGTA Wants IRS to Take Steps to Prevent Fraudulent Refunds

After reviewing the IRS's primary tool for detecting fraudulent tax returns, the TIGTA recommended the IRS take steps to fix ineffective income and withholding verification processes that are resulting in the agency issuing potentially fraudulent tax refunds.
Tax

Crime Watch: October 25, 2013

A Los Angeles man was sentenced October 24 to sixty months in federal prison for defrauding professional football player Dwight Freeney in a multimillion dollar fraud scheme.
Tax

Crime Watch: October 4, 2013

A massive case of organized tax and bank fraud culminated September 26 with the unsealing of four federal grand jury indictments accusing fifty-five people of participating in one or more illicit schemes, including the theft of more than 2,000 identities that were used to claim more than $20 million in bogus IRS tax refunds.
Tax

Crime Watch: September 26, 2013

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.
Tax

Crime Watch: September 6, 2013

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.
AccountingWEB Life

All in the Family Biz: Mother and Son Fraud Team

This is one family business that needs to close its doors forever. And if the Florida attorney general's office has its way, prison doors will close on this mother and son fraud team for a long time.
Tax

Crime Watch: August 30, 2013

The Justice Department announced August 20 that Teresa Marie Marty, Charles Tingler, and Victoria Tingler have been charged with conspiracy to defraud the United States and filing multimillion-dollar liens against government officials.
Tax

Prosecutors Get Paid to Watch 'Real Housewives of New Jersey'

As the case against reality star Teresa Giudice and husband Joe unfolds, outtakes from "The Real Housewives of New Jersey" will become part of the evidence for the prosecution to sift through.
A&A

Inside the Mind of the White-Collar Criminal

Back in the day of paper ledgers and journals, I worked for a leather-goods manufacturer. I had become increasingly concerned that, while sales remained stable, the cost of goods sold was rising and negatively affecting the bottom line.
A&A

Survey: Biggest Roadblocks to Protection from Corporate Risks Are Internal

Despite increasing stakeholder and regulatory pressure to improve governance, risk management, and compliance, organizations are significantly hindered from performing the task effectively.
Tax

Crime Watch: July 18, 2013

A Texas man, who was arrested in an airport while attempting to flee the country, was indicted in the Central District of California in a multimillion-dollar identity theft and tax refund fraud scheme. If convicted, he faces a statutory maximum sentence of at least seventy-five years in federal prison.
Tax

Crime Watch: July 12, 2013

A New Jersey man, who coowns and operates a wholesale merchandise business in New York selling adult paraphernalia, was sentenced to nineteen months in prison for concealing more than $1.2 million in income in various domestic and foreign bank accounts.
Tax

IRS Contractor Cheated His Way to $500 Million in Questionable Bids

Scandals, scandals everywhere, and not an excuse to make. This seems to be the atmosphere at the IRS, as one problem after another has been revealed in recent weeks.
Tax

Crime Watch: June 28, 2013

A California man was sentenced to two years imprisonment, three years of supervised release, and ordered to pay $11,738,000 in restitution for aiding in the evasion of payment of federal payroll taxes.
Tax

TIGTA Report Reveals Bogus IRS Refunds

If it seems like everyone is ganging up on the beleaguered IRS, the truth seems to be more along the lines of long-term problems that are just now coming into focus.

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