DOJ Tax Crimes Roundup January 2020

Federal Court in Savannah, Georgia, Enters Permanent Injunction Against Tax Return Preparer The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia has enjoined Andrea Nadel and her business, EZ Accounting & Tax Service LLC (EZ Accounting), along with Estelle Nadel, from preparing federal tax returns for others. According to the United States’ complaint, Andrea … Read more

Atlanta Local Government Official Sentenced for Tax Fraud

DOJ announces the sentencing of Atlanta government official, Larry Scott. ATLANTA – Larry Scott has been sentenced to federal prison for failing to disclose to the City of Atlanta that while he served as the Director of Contract Compliance, he also secretly worked as the business manager for consulting firm that was hired by businesses … Read more

Department of Justice Announces Settlement with Liberty Tax Service

The Justice Department announced recently that it has filed a complaint with a U.S. District Court in Norfolk, Virginia requiring Liberty Tax Service stores, to refrain from specific acts and implement better internal compliance controls regarding the detection of false tax returns. It also requires Liberty to pay for an independent monitor to oversee Liberty’s … Read more

When does a failure to file a tax return become fraudulent?

It is not uncommon for taxpayers to get a little behind on the filing of their tax returns. But consistent late filing under some circumstances can lead to fraudulent failure to file civil penalties. If failure to file a return is fraudulent, a civil penalty known as the “fraudulent failure to file penalty” may apply … Read more

Colorado Business Owner Convicted in $7 Million Tax Credit Fraud Scheme

A federal jury in Denver, Colorado, found Martin Fields guilty yesterday of conspiracy to defraud the United States, conspiracy to commit money laundering, making false claims against the United States, and money laundering, announced Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Richard E. Zuckerman of the Justice Department’s Tax Division. According to the evidence presented at trial, … Read more

IRS Whistleblower Award Program

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The whistleblower program is one of the weapons used by the IRS to detect underpayments of tax and violations of the internal revenue laws. The program is based on the principle “if you know something, say something.” The statute provides that if the IRS institutes an administrative or judicial action against a taxpayer and collects … Read more

Louisiana Scammer Sentenced for IRS Scheme to Steal Nearly $400,000

United States Attorney David C. Joseph announced that Ronald W. Reeves, 68, of Delhi, Louisiana, was sentenced October 2 by U.S. District Judge Terry A. Doughty to serve 41 months in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release for mail fraud involving his role in a scheme to steal nearly $400,000. Judge Doughty … Read more

Utah Tax Preparers Sentenced to Prison for Filing False Tax Returns

Alma Barlow and Denver Barlow, formerly of Hildale, Utah, were sentenced in federal court today to 24 months in prison each for conspiracy to file false claims, announced Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Richard E. Zuckerman of the Justice Department’s Tax Division and U.S. Attorney John W. Huber for the District of Utah. According to … Read more

Former DC Attorney Sentenced for Investment Fraud and Tax Crimes

Former District of Columbia Attorney Sentenced to Prison for $2 Million Investment Fraud Scheme and Failure to File Tax Return A former District of Columbia attorney was sentenced to prison today in U.S. District Court in the District of Columbia for operating a fraudulent trading program for investors and failing to file a tax return … Read more

Massachusetts Chiropractor Sentenced to Prison for Tax Evasion

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The owner of a chiropractic business was sentenced to 6 months in prison for tax evasion after pleading guilty to the charge in June 2019, announced Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Richard E. Zuckerman of the Justice Department’s Tax Division. Richard Rogers, a Northborough, Massachusetts chiropractor, operated his practice from his residence.  According to court … Read more