Just before the start of this year’s French Open Tournament, news spread that Murphy Jensen, a doubles champion from the 1993 French Open, was neck deep in hot water with the Internal Revenue Service and two state tax agencies.
Iron bars might keep prisoners from physically picking our pockets. But that’s not enough to keep them – and others – from stealing millions in taxpayer money through fraudulent first-time homebuyer tax credits.
Aaron Zeff is the owner of Harv’s Metro Car Wash in Sacramento, California. Imagine his surprise when, one day last March, federal agents showed up at his business demanding payment of an amount owed from tax year 2006. Just how much did Zeff need to cough up? Four pennies.
Poker has been good to Michael “The Grinder” Mizrachi. But his financial fortunes have hit the skids in recent months. Earlier this year, both his home and a rental property were lost to foreclosure. Then the Internal Revenue Service hit him with a tax lien for nearly $340,000.
A Twin Cities agent of the Internal Revenue Service, who had filed for bankruptcy approximately two weeks earlier, allegedly offered two businessmen a deal: I’ll cut your tax liability by more than 80 percent if you pay me $9,700.
The discovery of alleged fraud at Koss Corporation highlights some of the potential dangers that can lead to fraud within a company and demonstrates how small companies can be susceptible to massive losses.
Just when you thought he’d learned his lesson, Nicolas Cage is wrestling with more tax issues. Since late last year he had become the poster boy for celebrities who don’t pay their fair share, making headlines time after time.
Mike Farr once rode high as a member of the Detroit Lions. These days, he’s in hot water. Not only does he owe nearly $83,000 in state and federal taxes but, a few weeks ago, federal regulators put a lock on his assets after he was named in a government lawsuit.
Rick Mahorn, former Detroit Piston and member of the 1989 NBA championship team, has hit hard times. In the last year Mahorn, 51, and his wife lost their home in Rochester Hills, Michigan, and filed Chapter 7 bankruptcy.