DOJ Says No Criminal Charges For Lerner, Others In IRS Scandal, Closes Investigation

No criminal charges. That’s the final word from the Department of Justice with respect to its lengthy investigation into whether the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) improperly targeted the Tea Party and related organizations applying for tax-exempt status. The Department of Justice advised Congress today that it is closing its investigation and confirmed that they will not … Read more

‘Dance Moms’ Star Abby Lee Miller Accused Of Hiding Income, Indicted On Fraud Charges

Move over, Real Housewives, there’s a new bankruptcy scandal in reality TV town. Abby Lee Miller, the star of the reality TV show “Dance Moms” has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on charges of bankruptcy fraud, concealment of bankruptcy assets, and false bankruptcy declarations. If those allegations sound familiar, they … Read more

In Legal Twist, Messi Will Stand Trial On Tax Fraud Charges

It turns out that Lionel Messi’s injury in Barcelona’s 2-1 victory over Las Palmas last month isn’t the most painful thing to happen to him this season. Days after it was reported that Spain had dropped criminal tax charges against the footballer, it appears that the trial is on again. Earlier this week, El Pais … Read more

Updated: Spanish Prosecutors Drop Criminal Tax Charges Against Lionel Messi

(Author’s note: This is not the last word on Messi. On October 8, a judge ruled that despite the prosecution’s actions, the case will move forward. More here.) Soccer fans in Barcelona can finally breathe a sigh of relief: prosecutors in Spain have dropped criminal charges against footballer Lionel Messi. It’s a dramatic turnabout from earlier … Read more

Ringleader Of $24 Million Stolen Identity Tax Refund Fraud Ring Sentenced To 15 Years In Prison

The jail sentences continue to roll in for a gang of identity thieves. Today, U.S. District Court Judge Kristi K. DuBose sentenced Keisha Lanier, the ringleader in the scheme, to serve 15 years in prison to be followed by three years of supervised release; she was detained immediately following the sentencing hearing. She was also … Read more

Did Volkswagen’s Deception Cost US Taxpayers Millions?

The fallout from the diesel emissions cheating scandal at Volkswagen continued today with Martin Winterkorn tendering his resignation as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) even as he took responsibility for what he called “irregularities.” Winkerkorn’s resignation came just days after Volkswagen admitted that it had manipulated software in some diesel cars in order to produce favorable – … Read more

Another FC Barcelona Star Could Face Tax Evasion Charges Despite Paying Up

Superstar-laden FC Barcelona might be among the top teams in the Spanish Liga BBVA this season but the team is making news – again – for a more undesirable reason: tax investigations. As Lionel Messi awaits trial on tax evasion charges, another Barcelona star may be joining him. Spanish news outlet El Pais has reported that teammate Javier Mascherano … Read more

Mega-Mansion Attracts Notice By Feds, Results In Criminal Charges

11 bedrooms. 14 full baths. 5 half baths. 13 fireplaces. 32,400 square feet. A home of that size, thought to be the largest in Pennsylvania, is sure to attract attention and that’s exactly what happened. According to local sources, federal agents flying in and out of Pittsburgh noticed the size and scope of a mansion … Read more

Owner Of ITS, Formerly Fourth Largest Tax Prep Biz In Country, To Face Criminal Charges

Earlier this week, a federal grand jury sitting in Dayton, Ohio, handed down a 23 count indictment (downloads as a pdf) against Fesum Ogbazion and Kyle Wade for conspiracy and tax-related crimes. Ogbazion and Wade were each charged with one count of impeding the administration of the Internal Revenue Code, one count of conspiracy to … Read more

Defendants Sentenced For Stealing 9,000 Identities, Including Army Soldiers

Identity theft related tax fraud continues to be a problem in the United States, even as the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and law enforcement cracks down. Earlier this month, eight residents of Alabama and Georgia were sentenced for their roles in a wide-ranging scheme that involved 9,000 stolen identities, netting the defendants nearly $10 million. … Read more