Identity Theft

Tax

New IRS Rules Place Limits on Tax Refund Direct Deposits

Starting in January 2015, the IRS will limit the number of refunds that are electronically deposited into a single financial account or pre-paid debit card to three, as part of the agency's effort to crack down on fraud and identity theft.
Practice

How to Foil Mortgage Fraudsters

Forewarned is forearmed. Learn how criminals set up mortgage fraud, to help protect your clients from scams involving identity theft, falsified documents, fake appraisals, false short sales, and misrepresentation.
Tax

IRS Ramps Up ID Theft and Refund Fraud Enforcement Efforts

Nearly 300 new identity theft and refund fraud investigations have been launched during this tax-filing season, bringing the number of active cases to almost 1,900, the IRS announced last week.
Tax

Identity Theft Tops IRS ‘Dirty Dozen’ List of Scams for 2014

For the third straight year, identity theft heads the IRS’s list of the top twelve scams taxpayers should be wary of during tax season.
Tax

Ex-IRS Worker Admits to Stealing $1.7 Million in Fake Refunds

Monica Nanette Hernandez, a former IRS data clerk, pleaded guilty on January 21 to one count of aggravated identity theft, one count of filing false income tax returns, and one count of wire fraud. She will be sentenced on April 14.
Tax

Baucus Proposes Series of Sweeping Tax Reforms

Max Baucus released a series of comprehensive tax reform proposals over a three-day span. Specifically, the three drafts cover a restructuring of the international tax system, tax administration and fraud prevention techniques, and cost recovery deductions.
Tax

Crime Watch: November 18, 2013

Chicago lawyer Gary J. Stern designed at least three tax-fraud schemes that helped hundreds of customers falsely claim over $16 million in improper tax credits and avoid paying income tax on at least $3.4 million.
Tax

TIGTA Reports Examine IRS Identity Theft Processes, Services

Identity theft was the focus of two reports released by the TIGTA – the first concluding the IRS issued billions of dollars in potentially fraudulent refunds, and the second finding the IRS needs to improve customer service efforts for identity theft victims.
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

Crime Watch: November 1, 2013

Vernon Harrison of Montgomery, Alabama, was sentenced to 111 months in prison, three years of supervised release, and ordered to pay $82,791 restitution for his role in a stolen identity refund fraud scheme. Harrison is a former US Postal Service mail carrier.
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 18, 2013

Randolph Scott of Doylestown, Pennsylvania, an attorney whose practice included estate and probate matters, was charged by Indictment on October 3, 2013, with defrauding a client's estate of more than $1.7 million.
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.
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

IRS Told More Needs To Be Done to Fight Identity Theft "Epidemic"

A subcommittee of the House Oversight and Government Reform – the same committee that's investigating alleged wrongdoings regarding tax-exempt applications of Tea Party and other conservative groups – warned that the IRS has to improve its efforts to thwart identity theft issues.
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

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

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.
Tax

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.

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