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Leaders of Multimillion Dollar Fraud Ring Get 25 Years in Prison

Veronica Dale and Alchico Grant, who jointly ran a stolen identity refund fraud ring that attempted to defraud the United States of millions of dollars over several years, were sentenced to federal prison May 8, 2012, the Justice Department and the IRS announced.
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New York Tax Preparer Sentenced for Tax Fraud

New York Tax Preparer Sentenced for Tax Fraud Howard Levine, owner of a Dix Hill, New York, tax preparation business, was sentenced to thirty-seven months in prison for tax crimes, the Justice Department and IRS announced April 26, 2012. Levine was also ordered to pay $320,998 in restitution to the IRS.
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Massachusetts Man in Prison for Filing False Tax Returns

Kevin P. Mahoney of Massachusetts was sentenced April 24 to sixty months in prison following trial convictions on corruptly endeavoring to obstruct the administration of the Internal Revenue laws, filing false tax returns with the IRS, and criminal contempt of court, the Justice Department and the IRS announced.
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Florida Tax Preparer Pled Guilty to Wire Fraud and Identity Theft

Ernst Pierre, a Port St. Lucie, Florida, tax preparer, pleaded guilty on April 24, 2012, to wire fraud and aggravated identity theft, the Justice Department and IRS announced. Pierre was charged with a scheme to file false federal income tax returns using stolen identity information.
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TIGTA: IRS Can Take Action to Recognize/Investigate Fraud Indicators

By better ensuring that fraud indicators are recognized and properly investigated during field audits of individual tax returns, the IRS could increase revenue by an estimated $20 million a year, according to a report publicly released today by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA).
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DC Tax Return Preparer Indicted for Preparing False Tax Returns

A federal grand jury in the District of Columbia returned an indictment charging Enyinnaya Udo with twenty-five counts of aiding and assisting in the preparation of false income tax returns, the Justice Department and the IRS announced April 6.
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Woman Used Stolen Identities and Debit Cards to Obtain Tax Refunds

On April 17, 2012, the Justice Department, US Attorney George L. Beck Jr., and the IRS announced that federal grand jury in Montgomery returned an indictment on March 28, 2012, charging Antoinette Djonret for using stolen identities to file false tax returns.
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Woman Indicted for Using Stolen Identities to File False Tax Returns

A federal grand jury in Montgomery, Alabama, returned an indictment charging Jacqueline Slaton for using stolen identities to file false tax returns, the Justice Department, US Attorney George L. Beck Jr., and the IRS announced on April 5.
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TaxMasters and CEO Cox Ordered to Pay Penalty of $195 Million

TaxMasters and its CEO Patrick Cox had been accused of defrauding consumers by promising that the firm could walk clients through audits, settle tax disputes, and recover property seized by the IRS. In 2010, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott filed a lawsuit stating that some of the company's claims were false.
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Illinois Federal Court Shuts Down "Employee Benefit Plan" Tax Scheme

On March 6, the Justice Department announced that a federal court permanently barred Tracy L. Sunderlage, Linda Sunderlage, and four companies from operating an alleged scheme to help high-income individuals attempt to avoid income taxes by funneling money through purported employee benefit plans.
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Alabama Woman Gets Sixty-One Months for Identity Theft and Tax Fraud

On March 13, the Justice Department and the IRS announced that Melinda Clayton of Montgomery, Alabama, was sentenced to sixty-one months in prison. Clayton plead guilty to conspiracy to make false claims, wire fraud, and aggravated identity theft. She was also ordered to pay $494,424 in restitution.
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AAA Warns: Watch Your Language on Earnings Reports

Last month, when a pension fund owning stock in Bank of New York Mellon brought suit against that financial behemoth, the fund not only took aim at the bank's allegedly fraudulent currency trading, but it cited a variety of upbeat claims in its SEC filings that the plaintiff considered highly doubtful.
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Cybercrime - No One Is Immune

Organizations and their managers need to take cybercrime seriously. According to PricewaterhouseCoopers' economic crime report, "Cybercrime: Protecting Against the Growing Threat," businesses face serious threats from cybercriminals, from both within and outside their organizations. The PwC report warns that cybercrime one of today's top four economic crimes.
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Reality check: Fraud in the workplace

We like to believe that everyone is honest, no one cheats or takes unfair advantage, but the reality is that workplaces can be breeding grounds for bad behavior. Here are some steps for spotting and circumventing fraudulent activity.

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