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U.S. charges consultant to Iran’s UN mission-hearing

U.S. charges consultant to Iran’s UN mission-hearing

NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. prosecutors on Wednesday unveiled criminal charges at a Brooklyn, New York, court hearing against a consultant to the Iranian mission to the United Nations. Ahmad Sheikhzadeh, 60, is accused of charges related to sanctions violations, money laundering and tax matters, his lawyer, Steve Zissou, said at the hearing. Sheikhzadeh had pleaded not […]

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Washington Alert – Cayman companies plead guilty; Income tax refunds await; TIGTA report on over-aged correspondence and taxpayer burden

Washington Alert – Cayman companies plead guilty; Income tax refunds await; TIGTA report on over-aged correspondence and taxpayer burden

In a case marking the first time non-Swiss financial institutions have been convicted of conspiring to facilitate federal tax evasion, two Cayman Island financial institutions pleaded guilty in federal court to conspiring with U.S. taxpayer-clients to hide more than $130 million in offshore accounts and evade U.S. taxes, the Justice Department (DOJ) announced on March […]

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U.S. man accused of using Craigslist to find fake tax dependents

U.S. man accused of using Craigslist to find fake tax dependents

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Reuters) – A Missouri man has been charged with filing false U.S. tax returns after allegedly using Craigslist to find three children he could falsely claim as dependents, a federal prosecutor announced on Wednesday. A U.S. grand jury in Springfield, Mo., indicted Raheem McClain, 37, of Ozark, Missouri, on three counts of […]

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Swiss banks in U.S. criminal probe face longer wait

Swiss banks in U.S. criminal probe face longer wait

ZURICH (Reuters) – A U.S. criminal investigation into how Swiss banks such as Julius Baer allegedly helped wealthy Americans to hide their money is likely to stretch into next year, the U.S. ambassador to Switzerland signalled in a newspaper interview. The criminal probe into a handful of banks has paved the way for a programme […]

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Stay Tuned For More Swiss Bank Deals Over Tax Evasion

Stay Tuned For More Swiss Bank Deals Over Tax Evasion

NEW YORK (Reuters) – More Swiss banks that helped wealthy Americans evade taxes will soon strike agreements with the U.S. Department of Justice to avoid prosecution, an official overseeing the U.S. government program told Reuters. “I would stay tuned,” Acting Assistant Attorney General Caroline Ciraolo of the Justice Department’s Tax Division said in an interview […]

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U.S. says HSBC ‘too slow’ on compliance but makes progress

U.S. says HSBC ‘too slow’ on compliance but makes progress

NEW YORK (Reuters) – HSBC Holdings Plc is making progress toward cleaning up its operations, after reaching a $1.92 billion settlement of charges related to money laundering, but has not done enough, the U.S. Department of Justice said on Wednesday. The government made its criticisms after reviewing the findings of an independent monitor, Michael Cherkasky, […]

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Five Northern California Real Estate Investors Indicted for Bid Rigging and Fraud at Public Foreclosure Auctions

Five Northern California Real Estate Investors Indicted for Bid Rigging and Fraud at Public Foreclosure Auctions

A federal grand jury in San Francisco returned an eight-count indictment against five real estate investors for their role in bid rigging and fraud schemes at foreclosure auctions in Northern California, the Department of Justice announced. The indictment, filed in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California in San Francisco, California, charges Northern […]

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Alstom Pleads Guilty and Agrees to Pay $772 Million Criminal Penalty to Resolve Foreign Bribery Charges

Alstom Pleads Guilty and Agrees to Pay $772 Million Criminal Penalty to Resolve Foreign Bribery Charges

As reported in the DOJ Press Release, Alstom S.A. (Alstom), a French power and transportation company, pleaded guilty and agreed to pay a $772,290,000 fine to resolve charges related to a widespread scheme involving tens of millions of dollars in bribes in countries around the world, including Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the Bahamas. Deputy […]

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Six Corporate Executives And Six Corporate EntitiesIndicted For Orchestrating A $500 Million Offshore Asset Protection, Securities Fraud, And Money Laundering Scheme

Six Corporate Executives And Six Corporate EntitiesIndicted For Orchestrating A $500 Million Offshore Asset Protection, Securities Fraud, And Money Laundering Scheme

As reported in the DOJ Press Release, Six Corporate Executives And Six Corporate EntitiesIndicted For Orchestrating A $500 Million Offshore Asset Protection, Securities Fraud, And Money Laundering Scheme.  The case is E.D.N.Y. Docket No. 14-CR-476 (ILG). Defendants Created Three Brokerage Firms in Belize to Assist U.S. Citizens in Fraudulent Manipulation Schemes of Publicly Traded Companies, […]

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Pittsburg Resident Charged In Tax Fraud Scheme

Pittsburg Resident Charged In Tax Fraud Scheme

Pittsburg Resident Charged In Tax Fraud Scheme, as reported by the DOJ. San Francisco – Ebony Standifer, was charged with conspiracy to file false claims, wire fraud, and aggravated identity theft, announced United States Attorney Melinda Haag and Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation, Acting Special Agent in Charge Thomas McMahon. According to the indictment, between […]

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Danville Couple Charged with Tax Fraud

Danville Couple Charged with Tax Fraud

As reported by the DOJ, Danville Couple Charged with Tax Fraud. SAN FRANCISCO – Kamran Azizi and Hedyeh Shoar were charged with conspiracy to defraud the United States, announced U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag and Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation, Special Agent in Charge José M. Martinez. According to the Indictment, during 2005 through 2008, Azizi […]

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Manhattan U.S. Attorney Announces Charges Against Kentucky Resident for Maintaining Secret Swiss Bank Accounts

Manhattan U.S. Attorney Announces Charges Against Kentucky Resident for Maintaining Secret Swiss Bank Accounts

As reported in the DOJ Press Release, Manhattan U.S. Attorney Announces Charges Against Kentucky Resident for Maintaining Secret Swiss Bank Accounts. U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara for the Southern District of New York and Acting Special Agent in Charge Shantelle P. Kitchen of the Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI) New York Field Office announced today the […]

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No more secrets – Swiss banks learn to shape up, not shut up

No more secrets – Swiss banks learn to shape up, not shut up

ZURICH (Reuters) – Switzerland’s allure as a place to stash cash has been badly damaged by a U.S.-led campaign against tax cheats, and the country’s roughly 140 private banks can no longer rely on a reputation for secrecy to attract wealthy customers. To try and compensate for the hundreds of billions of Swiss francs withdrawn […]

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September 15, 2014 – Last Day For Category 2 Banks to Disclose – – Offshore Unreported Income

September 15, 2014 – Last Day For Category 2 Banks to Disclose – – Offshore Unreported Income

As widely reported, Banks have been moving and dodging the U.S. Department of Justice and the opportunity to participate in some version of “let’s make a deal,” so the Bank will not be prosecuted criminally or assessed civil penalties.  The latest is the upcoming deadline imposed by the Department of Justice on Category 2 Banks. […]

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Los Angeles Physician Indicted in $33 Million Medicare Fraud Scheme

Los Angeles Physician Indicted in $33 Million Medicare Fraud Scheme

Los Angeles Physician Indicted in $33 Million Medicare Fraud Scheme, as reported by the DOJ. A Los Angeles physician was indicted today for a $33 million scheme to defraud Medicare, announced Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney André Birotte Jr. of the Central District of California, Special […]

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Nine Charged in Conspiracy to Steal Millions of Dollars Using “Zeus” Malware

Nine Charged in Conspiracy to Steal Millions of Dollars Using “Zeus” Malware

As reported by the DOJ, nine alleged members of a wide-ranging racketeering enterprise and conspiracy who infected thousands of business computers with malicious software known as “Zeus” have been charged in an indictment unsealed today in Lincoln, Neb. Acting Assistant Attorney General David A. O’Neil of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney Deborah R. […]

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Massachusetts Dentist Charged with Tax Evasion

Massachusetts Dentist Charged with Tax Evasion

Massachusetts Dentist Charged with Tax Evasion, as announced by the DOJ.  A federal grand jury in Boston has indicted George Fenzell for tax evasion and corruptly endeavoring to obstruct the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the Justice Department and the IRS announced today following the unsealing of the indictment. Fenzell, of Douglas, Mass., is a practicing […]

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Swiss pressure rises on Credit Suisse boss Dougan after U.S. deal

Swiss pressure rises on Credit Suisse boss Dougan after U.S. deal

ZURICH (Reuters) – Pressure on Credit Suisse boss Brady Dougan to quit shows no signs of abating in Switzerland following this week’s $2.5 billion settlement with the U.S. authorities over charges that it helped Americans evade taxes by hiding their assets in secret bank accounts. The Swiss bank’s board has backed the American chief executive […]

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Swiss Asset Management Firm and Related Companies Agree to Resolve Criminal Tax Investigation

Swiss Asset Management Firm and Related Companies Agree to Resolve Criminal Tax Investigation

Swiss Asset Management Firm and Related Companies Agree to Resolve Criminal Tax Investigation – The Swisspartners Group Is Paying $4.4 Million in Forfeiture and Restitution, as reported by the DOJ. James M. Cole, the Deputy Attorney General of the Department of Justice, Kathryn Keneally, the Assistant Attorney General for the Tax Division of the Department […]

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U.S. charges Swiss asset manager in offshore tax fraud case

U.S. charges Swiss asset manager in offshore tax fraud case

NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. prosecutors on Thursday announced they indicted Peter Amrein, a Swiss asset manager, on charges that he assisted U.S. taxpayers in evading millions in taxes by hiding money in offshore trusts at multiple Swiss banks. A copy of the sealed indictment is here. Prosecutors accuse Amrein, who worked at an unidentified […]

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Meet Paul Raymond

Meet Paul Raymond

Mr. Raymond is a sought after speaker in tax controversy law by many attorney, accountant, and business groups and at the request of the Internal Revenue Service, has presented programs at the IRS Nationwide Tax Forum, attended by tax professionals throughout the United States.

Additionally, he continues to be an active member in the Section of Taxation, American Bar Association, where he was the Past Chair of the Employment Taxes Committee.

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