Today's tax crime news includes a case against a Virginia tax fraud promoter whose customers allegedly filed more than $67 million in false refund claims, and a New York tax preparer charged in a scheme involving $7 million in fraudulent deductions.
According to a new report from the TIGTA, the IRS processed most tax returns on a timely basis during the last tax season, but challenges included problems with tax credits and more fraud attempts than the previous year.
Today’s Crime Watch includes coverage of a Barbados national sentenced to 114 months in prison and ordered to pay restitution of just under $1.7 million for devising and executing a stolen identity federal income tax refund fraud scheme.
Hundreds of organizations worldwide have partnered with the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) to participate in International Fraud Awareness Week, November 11-17 to promote antifraud awareness and education.
A woman in Georgia has been indicted for stealing the identities of the most vulnerable - the homeless and the disabled. The second case involves a tax refund scheme of national scope, wherein at least 180 clients from thirty different states were victimized.
The SEC has charged a former CFO of a Minnesota-based computer networking device manufacturer for secretly diverting company funds to cover unauthorized personal expenses and other employees' entertainment expenses.
A former US Airways pilot, Charles A. Davis, was sentenced to 120 months in prison for committing tax fraud. He was also ordered to serve twelve months of supervised release after his prison term and pay the IRS $538,569.
The Justice Department's Tax Division has issued Directive 144 to further the efforts of the Tax Division and the US Attorneys' offices to respond quickly to the challenges in stolen identity refund fraud cases.
William Scott Dion was sentenced to eighty-four months in prison for conspiring to defraud the United States and for obstructing the IRS. He was also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $3 million.
Lately, the IRS has been bringing out one of its big guns: an "administrative summons" that compels taxpayers to hand over the books and other sensitive documents where they may have been hiding their dirty secrets.