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Beauty Jeane Napoles Bathes in Cash: Mom Swims in Legal Sewage

Young, beautiful Philippine designer Jeane Catherine Napoles filled a bathtub full with currency, climbed in, and took a photo of herself bathing bare in a sea of money. Then she posted it on social media.
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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.
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The Fed Shutdown Just Keeps Getting Weirder

Oh what odd images the shutdown hath wrought. Here are some snippets of the federal government shutdown you may not know about.
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IRS Can't Find $67 Million in Obamacare Funds

As if there wasn't enough controversy already swirling around the Affordable Care Act, now the TIGTA reports that the IRS can't account for $67 million stashed in a slush fund intended to help enforce the law.
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Rapper Nelly to Feds: No Work = No Taxes

Would you vote for a rapper for president? How about Congress? Don't answer too quickly. Whatever your politics, as the government shutdown wanes on, the rapper who calls himself Nelly is making more sense than any of our elected representatives.
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Tom Hanks Flees NYC before the Tax Bug Bites

It must be a pain to be wealthy and famous. Most people who enter a state on business can slip in, do a deal, and go on home without drawing the unwanted attention of the IRS. But for Tom Hanks, it's not so easy.
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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.
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Update: A New Way to Tax the Michael Jackson Estate?

More than four years after Michael Jackson's death, the tug of war between his estate and the IRS seems to be heating up rather than nearing agreement. Some estate specialists wonder if the IRS is looking to tax assets they haven't generally taxed before.
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Beanie Babies at the Center of Tax Scandal?

Who would've ever thought Beanie Babies would emerge as part of a tax evasion scheme? Only in America. But on September 19, the billionaire creator of Beanie Babies, Ty Warner, was hit with charges of tax evasion.
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IRS Hounded Conservative Groups After Tax-Exempt Approvals

The "Tea Party scandal," which has been quietly simmering for several weeks, may boil over once again. A leading Republican lawmaker says the IRS continued to target conservative groups after they'd been granted tax-exempt status.
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Crime Watch: September 19, 2013

Beth Ann Pettyjohn of Englewood, Colorado, was sentenced to serve twenty-eight months in federal prison for failure to pay over employment tax. The judge also ordered her to pay $4,669,532.05 in restitution to the IRS as well as a $25,000 fine.
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Crime Watch: September 13, 2013

A couple from Iowa and a Las Vegas accountant were charged September 11 with conspiring to defraud the IRS of more than $700,000 by allegedly using nominee corporations and bank accounts to hide their income and other assets.
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Can You Afford Free? Taxes Spoil the Game Show Win

You've seen game shows where contestants hop around the stage excited beyond belief at the possibility of winning cash and prizes. What you don't see, according to some of the winners, is when the other shoe drops. That is, the tax shoe – and it drops fast.
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IRS Spent $10,000 Spoofing 'The Apprentice' in Training Video

A video the IRS released to the House Ways and Means Committee on September 6 that parodied Donald Trump and his show "The Apprentice" was made using taxpayer dollars at a total cost of approximately $10,000.
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Messi Pays Tax in Full, Ahead of 9/17 Court Date

Spanish soccer star Lionel Messi and his father, Jorge Horacio Messi, protested their innocence when authorities accused them of filing false tax returns last June. Still, they agreed to pay additional taxes to settle the government's claims against them.
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Crime Watch: September 6, 2013

David Haigler, who pleaded guilty in US District Court for the Middle District of Alabama September 5, 2013, to one count of theft of public funds and to one count of passing US Treasury checks with forged endorsements, faces twenty years in prison.
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Prison Doors Slam on Fat Joe for Tax Evasion

On August 26, as scheduled, forty-two-year-old rapper "Fat Joe" reported to a Federal Detention Center in Miami. He'll spend four months there, followed by a year of supervised release.
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FATCA: United States and Switzerland Issue Joint Statement Re Tax Evasion Investigations

Switzerland has encouraged its banks to cooperate with new program that will require significant financial penalties and information sharing from banks that aided secret account holders.
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Crime Watch: August 30, 2013

The Justice Department announced August 20 that Teresa Marie Marty, Charles Tingler, and Victoria Tingler have been charged with conspiracy to defraud the United States and filing multimillion-dollar liens against government officials.
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Prosecutors Get Paid to Watch 'Real Housewives of New Jersey'

As the case against reality star Teresa Giudice and husband Joe unfolds, outtakes from "The Real Housewives of New Jersey" will become part of the evidence for the prosecution to sift through.

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