High Profile Russian Money Laundering Case Settles Days Before Trial

We won. That was the claim from all parties after a civil case involving allegations of Russian money laundering ended this month. Joon H. Kim, Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that the case had settled just before the trial was set to begin. The case was initially brought in 2013. … Read more

Guilty On Tax & Conspiracy Counts, Couple Faces New Charges For Revenge

Tax laws don’t apply to us. That was the mantra of Ronald and Dorothea Joling of Coquille, Oregon, after self-study. The married couple subsequently “engaged in a shameless scheme to defraud the United States and to evade payment of $1.2 million in federal taxes,” according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Scott E. Bradford. How did Joling … Read more

‘Real Housewives’ Stars Joe & Teresa Giudice Hit With Federal Tax Lien

“Real Housewives of New Jersey” stars Joe and Teresa Giudice managed to avoid foreclosure on their 10,000-square-foot Towaco mansion when the couple finally caught up on a slew of missed mortgage payments. They haven’t, however, settled up yet with Uncle Sam. As a result, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has filed a $551,563 tax lien … Read more

Former VP Of Instant Tax Service Pleads Guilty To Tax Charges

Earlier this year, a federal grand jury handed down a 23 count indictment (downloads as a pdf) against Fesum Ogbazion and Kyle Wade for conspiracy and tax-related crimes. Fesum Ogbazion is the CEO and sole owner of Instant Tax Service (ITS) Financial, and his three companies: ITS Financial, Tax Tree and TCA Financial. Wade was … Read more

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