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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

Rihanna Pulls No Punches in Lawsuit

Megastar Rihanna is fighting the accountants whom she blames for mishandling her finances and federal tax returns. She and her touring company are seeking tens of millions of dollars in compensatory damages.
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

Expatriate Gets Sixty Months in Prison

Ellen Meredith Stubenhaus, previously of Lake Worth, Florida, and later an expatriate living in Costa Rica, was sentenced to sixty months in prison. She previously had plead guilty to conspiracy to defraud the United States.
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

The Tax Education of Lauryn Hill Continues

Apparently, singer Lauryn Hill has changed her tune about her tax troubles. June 29, the Grammy award winner pleaded guilty to failure to pay federal income tax on more than $1.8 million earned by four corporations she owns.
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New York CPA Gets Two-Year Prison Sentence

Silford Warren of Queens, New York, was sentenced June 12 to two years in prison for failure to pay over employment taxes in connection with his ownership of Silford Warren, CPA PC.

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.
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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.
Tax

Business Owner Pleads Guilty to Excise Tax Crimes and Fraud

Jason W. Leas, a Minnesota resident and cofounder of Best Used Trucks of Minnesota Inc., is facing a potential maximum penalty of five years in prison for excise tax crimes and fraud.
Tax

IRS Throws Curve at Tony Gwynn's Ownership Bid

Baseball Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn is seeking to acquire an ownership interest in his former team, the San Diego Padres. But there's a potential problem - he reportedly owes more than $400,000 in back taxes.
Tax

The Tax 'Miseducation' of Lauryn Hill

Grammy Award winner Lauryn Hill has been charged with failing to pay taxes on income totaling $1.8 million.
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Tax Preparer Caused $235,000 in Tax Loss to IRS

New York tax preparer pleaded guilty to one count of aiding and assisting in the preparation and presentation of a false and fraudulent return.
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Self-Proclaimed 'Governor' Gets 10 Years in Prison

Monty and Patricia Ervin were sentenced to federal prison for tax evasion and for conspiring to defraud the United States.
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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Former Pennsylvania Businessman Convicted of Filing False Returns

Jonathon Felix, formerly of Villanova, Pennsylvania, was found guilty by a federal jury of willfully signing and filing false income tax returns, the Justice Department and the IRS announced May 22.
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Ohio Insurance Salesman Found Guilty of Tax Charges

On May 21, a jury convicted William A. Herder of Ohio on federal tax charges, the Justice Department and IRS announced. Herder was charged with corruptly endeavoring to impair and impede the due administration of IRS laws, tax evasion, and five counts of failure to file tax returns. He was convicted of all counts.
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Nurses Rally for a New Wall Street Tax

The liquor and tobacco industries are frequent targets of "sin taxes" aimed at drumming up revenue from sources that cater to certain vices. But the latest call for a sin tax is directed at a group that's decidedly more button-down than bootleggers and barkeeps: Wall Street brokers.

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