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Utah Accountant Sentenced for Filing Over $9 Million in False Tax Refund Claims and $300 Million Fictitious Financial Instrument

Utah Accountant Sentenced for Filing Over $9 Million in False Tax Refund Claims and $300 Million Fictitious Financial Instrument

As reported in the DOJ Press Release, a Heber City, Utah, man was sentenced to serve 78 months in prison for filing false claims for income tax refunds and for filing a fictitious financial instrument, announced Acting Deputy Assistant Attorney General Larry J. Wszalek for the Department’s Tax Division and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). […]

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Northern California Couple Indicted for Filing False Claims for Refunds and for Filing Liens Against the IRS Commissioner

Northern California Couple Indicted for Filing False Claims for Refunds and for Filing Liens Against the IRS Commissioner

According to the DOJ Press Release, Northern California Couple Indicted for Filing False Claims for Refunds and for Filing Liens Against the IRS Commissioner, Robert Eldon Robertson and his wife Esther Lynne Robertson of Manteca, Calif., were indicted on charges of filing two false claims for federal tax refunds, filing liens against the former Internal […]

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Justice Department Seeks to Shut Down Utah Tax Preparer

Justice Department Seeks to Shut Down Utah Tax Preparer

As reported in the DOJ Press Release, Justice Department Seeks to Shut Down Utah Tax Preparer, the Justice Department announced that on Nov. 1, 2013, it asked a federal court to bar Sergio Fernando Sosa and his company, Sergio Centro Latino, from preparing tax returns for others. The civil injunction suit, filed in the U.S. […]

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Alabama Resident Pleads Guilty in Stolen Identity Refund Fraud Scheme

Alabama Resident Pleads Guilty in Stolen Identity Refund Fraud Scheme

According to the DOJ Press Release, on May 29, 2013, Bridgette Rivers, a resident of Montgomery, Ala., pleaded guilty to her involvement in a conspiracy to use stolen identities to file fraudulent tax returns, the Justice Department and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced today. According to the court documents, Rivers provided identity information to […]

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Court Issues Order Barring Michigan Tax Preparer from Preparing Federal Tax Returns for Others

Court Issues Order Barring Michigan Tax Preparer from Preparing Federal Tax Returns for Others

Per the DOJ Press Release, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan has issued an order permanently barring Nataki Davis, (formerly known as Nataki Barnes), a Southfield, Mich., tax preparer, from preparing federal tax returns for others for a period of five years, the Justice Department announced today (June 7). The court […]

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Utah Man Charged with Filing False Claims for Tax Refunds

Utah Man Charged with Filing False Claims for Tax Refunds

According to the recent DOJ Press Release, a federal grand jury in Salt Lake City returned an indictment charging Dick Reid Jenkins, a resident of Heber City, Utah with eighteen counts of presenting false claims to the United States.  According to the indictment, in September 2008, Dick Jenkins filed a false 2007 income tax return […]

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Federal Court Permanently Bars Prince George’s County, Maryland, Tax Preparers from Preparing Tax Returns for Others

Federal Court Permanently Bars Prince George’s County, Maryland, Tax Preparers from Preparing Tax Returns for Others

Per the DOJ Press Release, two federal judges in separate cases entered orders permanently barring Marvin Binion Sr., his son Marvin Binion II, Binion Sr.’s ex-wife Tonya Hubbard and her firm Universal Tax Service LLC from preparing tax returns for others, the Justice Department announced today.  The civil injunction orders, to which all defendants consented, […]

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The $1.7 million tax refund that wasn’t – Donus R. Sroufe convicted of tax fraud

The $1.7 million tax refund that wasn’t – Donus R. Sroufe convicted of tax fraud

As reported in the WS Journal, the IRS does not take kindly to liars – especially when the fibs have seven figures.  A federal jury convicted a Georgia man Wednesday for using a phony Treasury bond to claim he was owed a $1.7 million tax refund, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Prosecutors said Donus R. […]

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Manhattan U.S. Attorney Announces Agreement With Ernst & Young LLP To Pay $123 MillionTo Resolve Federal Tax Shelter Fraud Investigation

Manhattan U.S. Attorney Announces Agreement With Ernst & Young LLP To Pay $123 MillionTo Resolve Federal Tax Shelter Fraud Investigation

As announced by the Department of Justice Press Release of Friday, March 1, 2013, Ernst & Young LP commits to certain permanent restrictions and to continued cooperation with the Government’s Investigation.  Here’s the Press Release. Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Steven Miller, the Acting Commissioner of the […]

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Ernst & Young to pay $123 million dollars to resolve US tax shelter probe

Ernst & Young to pay $123 million dollars to resolve US tax shelter probe

As reported in Reuters, Ernst & Young agreed to pay $123 million to resolve a federal investigation into its role developing and marketing tax shelters that helped its clients avoid more than $2 billion in tax liabilities, the U.S. government said.  As part of the settlement, announced by the Manhattan U.S. Attorney’s Office, the accounting […]

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Six Sentenced to Prison in Florida for Federal Tax Crimes

Six Sentenced to Prison in Florida for Federal Tax Crimes

As reported by the DOJ press release, six individuals have been sentenced to federal prison by U.S. District Judge William P. Dimitrouleas for filing false claims for tax refunds, announced Kathryn Keneally, Assistant Attorney General for the Justice Department’s Tax Division, Wifredo A. Ferrer, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, and Jose A. […]

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California Tax Return Preparer Pleads Guilty to Tax Refund Conspiracy

California Tax Return Preparer Pleads Guilty to Tax Refund Conspiracy

As reported by the US DOJ, Masood Chotani, a CPA and tax return preparer from Los Angeles County, Calif., pleaded guilty today to conspiracy to defraud the United States, the Justice Department and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced. On June 23, 2010, Chotani was indicted by a federal grand jury in Riverside, Calif., on charges […]

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TIGTA: Billions of Dollars in Identity-Theft-Related Tax Refund Fraud Go Undetected

TIGTA: Billions of Dollars in Identity-Theft-Related Tax Refund Fraud Go Undetected

Editor’s Note:  we have previously extensively blogged about the issue of Identity Theft in a variety of contexts and the steps to take guard against same.  I also recently spoke with an IRS Criminal Investigation Special Agent who told me that Identity Theft is indeed a problem.  TIGTA has also reported that “Most Taxpayers Whose […]

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Texas Return Preparer Sentenced to Jail for Preparing False Tax Returns

Texas Return Preparer Sentenced to Jail for Preparing False Tax Returns

Editor’s Note:  this news announcement from the DOJ, “Texas Return Preparer Sentenced to Jail for Preparing False Tax Returns,” caught my eye as the preparer was preparing false tax returns after being indicted for the same crime!! Eddye L. Lovely, a tax return preparer from Tomball, Texas, was sentenced on July 24, 2012, to 57 […]

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Santa Ana Federal Court Shuts Down Orange County Tax Preparer

Santa Ana Federal Court Shuts Down Orange County Tax Preparer

Editor’s Note:  frequently, the IRS will initiate “dual” investigations of targets, one of which is “criminal” and the other is “civil.”  This is particularly the case with tax return preparers who prepare false and fraudulent tax returns (for example, identity theft, and claim refunds).  The idea is for the Government to obtain a civil injunction […]

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BDO Seidman to Pay $50 Million in Deferred Prosecution

BDO Seidman to Pay $50 Million in Deferred Prosecution

Accounting firm BDO USA LLP said it will pay $50 million as part of a deferred prosecution agreement with the government while admitting it helped U.S. citizens evade about $1.3 billion in income taxes from 1997 to 2003 as reported on June 13, by Bloomberg.  The announcement was also reported in AccountingToday.com, among other news […]

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IRS Alert!: Seven Tips to Help Taxpayers Avoid Phony Refund Schemes Abusing Popular College Tax Credit

IRS Alert!:  Seven Tips to Help Taxpayers Avoid Phony Refund Schemes Abusing Popular College Tax Credit

Seven Tips to Help Taxpayers Avoid Phony Refund Schemes Abusing Popular College Tax Credit The Internal Revenue Service offers the following seven tips to help taxpayers avoid an emerging scheme tempting senior citizens and other taxpayers to file tax returns claiming fraudulent refunds. These schemes promise refunds to people who have little or no income […]

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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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