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Meeting with Your Tax Guy? Leave the Gun at Home

Rapper Richard Morales entered a tax preparation office and exploded in a fit of rage. Surveillance cameras show him pulling a gun on an accountant seated behind a desk where there was no visible means of escape.
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Crime Watch

Today's tax crime cases involve tax evasion, charitable organization donation kickbacks, false claims for tax refunds, bank fraud, aggravated identity theft, money laundering, and wire fraud.
Tax

Beanie Sigel: The 2012 Al Capone of Rappers?

Beanie Sigel is serving time in prison for tax evasion. Why didn't he file returns and pay taxes? That's a question many people ask about celebrities and other artists, most of whom have much healthier incomes than the rest of us.
Tax

Crime Watch

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.
Practice

Private Companies Growing; Sales Growth Slowing

At the recent "Analyzing America's Private Companies" summit in New York City, the sales growth, profitability, and significance of private businesses in the United States were among the topics of discussion.
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A Slew of Tax Fraud Crime Stories

Following are six stories we've gathered on some of the latest tax crimes in California. They make for some interesting reading.
Tax

Tax Fraud Promoters Get Lengthy Prison Sentences

Catherine June Floyd was sentenced to sixty months in prison, and William Scott Dion got an eighty-four-month sentence for tax fraud. Each was ordered to pay restitution of $3 million.
Tax

Multimillion-Dollar Stolen Identity Refund Scheme

Three defendants who had pleaded guilty to various charges, including conspiracy to file false claims, theft of public funds, and aggravated identity theft, were sentenced to prison September 19.
Tax

The Prince of Tax Trouble?

Not only is recording artist Prince in deep with the IRS, but his tax troubles now extend overseas as well. Prince was summoned by the IRS at the request of French authorities to appear before the French tax agency.
Tax

Tax Preparer Arraigned on 25-Count Indictment

A Texas tax preparer has been arraigned for preparing and presenting false federal income tax returns on twenty-five separate occasions between 2008 and 2011.
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Former Pilot Will Spend Ten Years in Prison

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.
Tax

New Directive to Fight Stolen Identity Fraud

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.
Tax

Prison Sentence for Tax Fraud Promoter

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.
Tax

Tax Preparers Misusing Power of Attorney Forms

Some tax preparers are circumventing standard IRS procedures by using an electronic power of attorney form to obtain tax transcripts, increasing the risk that taxpayer information is being disclosed without proper authorization.
Watchdog

CFO Accused of Murder-for-Hire on His Employer's Dime

Wealthy Texas CFO Frank Howard is accused of embezzling millions from his employer. This comes on the heels of his arrest in late August for allegedly hiring a teenage hit man to kill his wife.
Tax

Chicago Lawyer Helped Wealthy Clients Dodge Taxes

In what is considered the largest tax fraud prosecution in history, a Chicago lawyer, Donna Guerin, has pleaded guilty to helping rich clients evade millions of dollars in taxes.
Tax

Swiss Low-Tax Gig Is Up for Wealthy Foreigners

Rich foreigners have enjoyed favorable tax treatment from Switzerland for a long, long time, causing the country to become a veritable magnet for the wealthy. However, growing opposition is forcing changes.
Tax

POTUS Gets Tax Policy Advice from Lindsay Lohan

President Barack Obama is surrounded by advisers, official and unofficial. Everyone has an opinion. But it's doubtful he expected to be getting tax policy advice from "Mean Girl" actress, twenty-three-year-old Lindsay Lohan.
Watchdog

Business Owner Pleads Guilty to Tax Fraud

A Garden Grove, California, business owner who built small electronic airplane parts for C5 cargo planes and F18 fighters has pleaded guilty to tax fraud.
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Justice Dept Seeks to Shut Down Tax Preparers

Two tax return preparers are being sued by the Department of Justice for filing false deductions and credits, including federal fuel tax credits and education tax credits, on customers' federal tax returns.

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