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U.S. IRS tax data hack traced to Russia

U.S. IRS tax data hack traced to Russia

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Internal Revenue Service believes the theft of about 100,000 taxpayers’ personal data from its computer system originated in Russia, CNN reported on Wednesday. The tax agency’s criminal unit is leading an investigation into the cyber attack, in which criminals stole information through an online IRS application over the course of […]

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Former Alabama Corrections Officers Sentenced for Identity Theft and Tax Fraud

Former Alabama Corrections Officers Sentenced for Identity Theft and Tax Fraud

As reported in the DOJ Press Release, Former Alabama Corrections Officers Sentenced for Identity Theft and Tax Fraud. Bryant Thompson was sentenced today to serve 120 months in prison and Quincy Walton was sentenced to serve 84 months in prison for their roles in a stolen identity refund fraud scheme, announced Assistant Attorney General Kathryn […]

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Former Virginia Department of Social Services Employee Sentenced for Preparing False Tax Returns and Stealing Identities

Former Virginia Department of Social Services Employee Sentenced for Preparing False Tax Returns and Stealing Identities

Former Virginia Department of Social Services Employee Sentenced for Preparing False Tax Returns and Stealing Identities, as reported by the DOJ. Sybil Marshall Coles, 45, of Pamplin, Virginia, was sentenced today to serve five years in prison for aggravated identity theft and preparing a false tax return, announced Assistant Attorney General Kathryn Keneally for the […]

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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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Social Worker Pleads Guilty to Identity Theft, Tax Crimes

Social Worker Pleads Guilty to Identity Theft, Tax Crimes

Social Worker Pleads Guilty to Identity Theft, Tax Crimes, as reported by the DOJ. Rakecia Matrese Brame, formerly of Greensboro, N.C., and now of Grand Prairie, Texas, pleaded guilty on Jan. 10, 2014, to identity theft, tax, and fraud charges, the Department of Justice and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced today. Brame pleaded guilty […]

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Checking your credit after Target theft

Checking your credit after Target theft

Checking your credit after Target theft, as reported in the OC Register. Target is the latest company hit by a major credit security breach, a holiday season revelation that involves the personal financial information of as many as 40 million customers. First Rule To Remember: Consumers are eligible for one free credit report from each […]

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Alabama Husband and Wife Plead Guilty to Identity Theft Scheme

Alabama Husband and Wife Plead Guilty to Identity Theft Scheme

As per the DOJ Press Release, “Alabama Husband and Wife Plead Guilty to Identity Theft Scheme” Mary Young and Christian Young each pleaded guilty yesterday to one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States and one count of aggravated identity theft for their role in a stolen identity refund fraud (SIRF) scheme , announced […]

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Alabama Tax Return Preparers and 19 Foreign Nationals Charged with Conspiring to Defraud the United States, Identity Theft and Money Laundering

Alabama Tax Return Preparers and 19 Foreign Nationals Charged with Conspiring to Defraud the United States, Identity Theft and Money Laundering

As reported in the DOJ Press Release,the Justice Department announced that a 14-count superseding indictment was unsealed, charging JB Tax Professional Services Inc., Jacqueline J. Arias and Jose Bayron Estrada, of Spruce Pine, Ala., along with 19 foreign nationals, many of whom resided in the New Orleans area, with conspiracy to defraud the United States […]

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Obamacare draws scam artists

Obamacare draws scam artists

As reported in the OC Register, Obamacare draws scam artists, new government programs tend to attract those who would cheat others, experts say.  Pat Shackleford, 75, got a phone call at her Huntington Beach home recently from a man using an Oklahoma area code who said he was with the federal government and had a […]

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U.S. wants to seize assets tied to Russian tax refund scheme

U.S. wants to seize assets tied to Russian tax refund scheme

As reported in the news in Reuters, New York, Sept 10 (Reuters) – U.S. authorities are looking to seize luxury apartments and other property that they say was used by Russian companies to launder proceeds from a $230 million tax fraud. The scheme was uncovered by Sergei Magnitsky, a lawyer who died in a Russian […]

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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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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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