Fraud

Tax

Nine-Year Prison Sentence for Tax Defier

An Arizona man was sentenced on August 10, 2012, to nine years in prison and ordered to pay fines of $1,021,500.
Tax

IRS Fraud Detection Failures. Shulman's Job on the Line?

A new report released by the TIGTA accuses IRS agents of "looking the other way" while illegal immigrants were assigned false ITINs. A key member of the House's tax-writing committee is calling for Commissioner Shulman to resign.

Federal Court Shuts Down Florida Tax Preparers

A federal court in Florida has permanently barred Sharon Angulo and Claudia Zuloaga from preparing federal tax returns for others. The two had filed tax returns claiming tax refunds based on fake withholding.
Tax

Man Allegedly Falsified Returns to Maximize EITC

The Justice Department has asked a federal court in Chicago to bar Bruce E. Grant from preparing tax returns. The suit alleges that Grant frequently fabricates business income and expenses to maximize EITC.
A&A

A Disturbing Thirty Days

Within a single thirty-day period beginning on June 12, 2012, a number of fraud and ethics-related items made news throughout the business world.
Tax

Tax Preparer Goes to Jail for Close to Five Years

Texas tax return preparer, Eddye Lovely, was sentenced to fifty-seven months in federal prison for aiding and assisting in the preparation of false tax returns.
Tax

Florida State Rep Faces IRS Investigation

State Representative Daphne Campbell is under investigation for Medicaid fraud, prompting the state Democratic Party to ask Campbell "to consider stepping down," the <i>Miami Herald</i> reported.
Watchdog

Alaska Authorities Sniff Out Tax Scammers

While law enforcement officers were investigating drug dealers in Alaska, they turned up a fraudulent tax scheme that reportedly generated about $19 million in illegal federal income tax refunds.
Watchdog

Heartless Embezzler Behind Bars

Alan Jonas, who was accused of writing 161 checks to himself from a church in Southington, an elderly woman suffering from Alzheimer's disease, and a nonprofit group, is now in jail after embezzling over $500,000.
Tax

Former CPA, a Pakistan Fugitive, Indicted

Masood Chotani, a former CPA 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.
Tax

Woman in Custody in $2 Million Tax Fraud Case

Police arrested Krystle Marie Reyes on June 6 on accusations that she filed a fake TurboTax electronic tax form claiming she earned more than $3 million in 2011 and was owed a $2.1 million refund.
Tax

Tax Crimes Could Send Virginia Man to Prison

On July 10, a Newport News, Virginia, federal grand jury indicted Jeffrey Charles for conspiring with his daughter and son-in-law to defraud the United States, the Justice Department and the IRS announced.
Tax

Man Gets 71 Months for Tax Conspiracy

Elmo Antonio George was sentenced to seventy-one months in prison for his role in a conspiracy to defraud the IRS and for filing false tax returns, the Justice Department and IRS announced.
Tax

False Prophet Found Guilty of Tax Evasion

"Doomsday prophet" Ronald Weinland was found guilty of federal tax evasion on June 13. It appears the jury didn't buy in to Weinland's excuse: he didn't pay his taxes because he believed the world was coming to an end.

Tax Return Preparers Helped Clients Hide Millions Offshore

Three tax preparers, David Kalai, Nadav Kalai, and David Almog, were indicted by a federal grand jury in the Central District of California and charged with conspiring to defraud the United States.
Tax

Court Shuts Down Orange County Tax Preparer

Ernesto Jesus Suarez of Orange, California, has been permanently barred from preparing tax returns for others.
Practice

BDO Accepts Deferred Prosecution Agreement

BDO USA LLP (BDO) the seventh largest US accounting firm, agreed on June 12 to pay a civil penalty of $34.4 million to the IRS and forfeit $15.6 million to the US government as part of a deferred prosecution agreement.
A&A

Experts Say Financial Abuse of Elderly Getting Worse

Results of the IPT's Elder Investment Fraud and Financial Exploitation Survey reveal that 84 percent of respondents who deal with investment fraud/financial exploitation of senior citizens agree that the problem is getting worse.
Practice

Five Fraud-Fighting Tips for Businesses

Desperate times call for desperate measures, the saying goes. So it's not surprising that fraud in the workplace increased during the economic crisis and recession.
Tax

Car Dealership Owner and CFO Plead Guilty to Tax Crimes

Charles Alan Pflueger, Randall Kurata, and Julie Kam plead guilty to filing false federal income tax returns.

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