Congressman Chaka Fattah & Associates Indicted In Racketeering Conspiracy

Just weeks after former Rep. Michael Grimm (R-NY) was sentenced to prison on tax related charges, Rep. Chaka Fattah (D-PA) and a number of his associates found themselves targeted by the feds. On Wednesday, a 29 count indictment was handed down to Fattah, as well as lobbyist Herbert Vederman, 69, of Palm Beach, Florida; Fattah’s … Read more

Five Treasury Checks Among 22,000 Pieces Of Mail Delivered Straight To Garage

Ever wonder if the check really is in the mail? For some postal customers in Pennsylvania, the answer was yes: those checks just never actually made it to their destinations. And they allegedly have Patrick D’Ambrosio to blame. D’Ambrosio, a 48 year old Philadelphia postal worker, has been charged with obstruction for failing to deliver … Read more

Former U.S. Representative Grimm Sentenced To Prison For Tax Fraud

Former U.S. Representative Michael Grimm (R-NY) got something of a break earlier today when he was sentenced to just eight months in prison on tax related charges. He had faced up to three years in prison after pleading guilty to one felony count of tax fraud. At the time of Grimm’s plea, U.S. Attorney Loretta … Read more

Postal Worker Accused Of Stealing More Than $1 Million In Tax Refunds Through The Mail

For the most recent filing season, the Internal Revenue Service issued 101,407,000 federal income tax refunds totaling $273.548 billion. Just over 80% of those refunds were issued via Direct Deposit: the remaining 18,876,000 refunds were issued by mail. At an average refund of $2,698, that means that approximately $50,927,448,000 in tax refunds would be traveling through … Read more

Spain’s King Felipe Strips Sister Of Royal Title As Tax Evasion Charges Proceed

King Felipe VI of Spain has removed the title of “Duchess of Palma de Mallorca” from his sister, Princess Cristina, who faces criminal charges of tax evasion. It’s the second big shakeup in the Spanish Royal monarchy in the past two years. On June 19, 2014, King Juan Carlos I abdicated in favor of his … Read more

Footballer Lionel Messi To Face Trial On Tax Fraud Charges

Lionel Messi is having one roller coaster of a month. On Saturday, the FC Barcelona (“Barca”) soccer star helped boost his team to a 3-1 win over Juventus in the UEFA Champions League final, marking the fifth time that Barca has taken home the league trophy. While Messi didn’t score in that game, he clearly played a … Read more

Hastert, Hovind & FIFA Matters Shed Light On Dangers Of Structuring

Forget your run of the mill tax evasion schemes. That’s so early 2000s. These days, it seems, structuring in order to avoid paying taxes is all the rage. Under federal law, banks are required to report transactions, including cash deposits and withdrawals, totaling more than $10,000 in any single day: this information is included on … Read more

FIFA President Sepp Blatter Releases Statement On Today’s Arrests, Indictments

Earlier this morning, Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch, Acting U.S. Attorney Kelly T. Currie of the Eastern District of New York, together with Director James B. Comey of the FBI, Assistant Director in Charge Diego W. Rodriguez of the FBI’s New York Field Office, Chief Richard Weber of the Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI) and … Read more

Spanish Courts OK Barca Trial On Tax Fraud Charges Tied To Neymar Signing

It’s been a mixed week for FC Barcelona (“Barca”). Earlier this week, the team advanced to the Champions League final to be played in Berlin, Germany on June 6, 2015. The team will face underdogs Juventus in the match after Juventus bested Real Madrid in the semi-finals. It’s been more than a decade since Barca … Read more

‘Squirrel’ Threatens To Bomb IRS Building

These days, it seems that nobody likes the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). That’s not criminal. But taking steps to do something about it could be. Just ask Morris Whitehead of South Florida. Whitehead took things too far when he threatened to bomb the Miami IRS building, saying it would “go up in smoke” in two … Read more