Posts Tagged ‘tax fraud’

Tax Refund Fraud by Florida Man Caught at Traffic Stop

Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

A Florida man was sentenced to five years and one month in federal prison for committing stolen identity refund fraud.
James Earl Smiley, 41, of Tampa, Florida, pleaded guilty to one count of theft of government property and one count of aggravated identity theft.
He also agreed to forfeit $98,719.65, which represented the proceeds of his refund fraud offense.
According to court records, in October 2012, the Tampa Police Department stopped Smiley, who
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Tax Relief Weekly News Round Up

Friday, August 23rd, 2013

Happy Friday!
This week we featured tax relief stories about the following subjects: how tax resolution can help struggling taxpayers, turning financial failures into success, ways to pay off a large tax debt. We also covered stories about tax evasion, filing false tax liens and tax fraud.
Here’s the tax news recap:
The post How Tax Resolution Services Helps People Find Tax Relief was inspired by a video interview I had in February
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Tax Defense Partners Weekly Tax News Round Up

Friday, August 9th, 2013

Happy Friday!
The tax relief news that sparked our interest this week was quite varied. The stories ranged from tax delinquent New Yorkers losing their driving privileges to another “Real Housewife” star in trouble with Uncle Sam, to avoiding tax relief scams and schemes to Twitter tax news about IRS agency challenges including struggles with efforts to curb identity theft and tax refund fraud.

New York State-Getting Tough on Tax Cheats
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Tax Scheme Gets ‘Sovereign Citizen’ 97 Months in Prison

Friday, July 26th, 2013

A Yelm, Washington, man who advised and assisted others in a tax fraud scheme was sentenced to 97 months in prison and three years of supervised release.
Raymond Leo Jarlik Bell, who was also ordered to pay $702,276 in restitution, was convicted in March 2013 of five counts of filing false, fictitious and fraudulent claims, 15 counts of assisting in filing false tax returns, three counts of mail fraud, and one
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False Tax Claim Gets Man 4 Years in Prison

Thursday, July 11th, 2013

A Georgia man received four years in prison after being found guilty at trial of interfering with the administration of the revenue laws and of making a false claim for a $1.7 million tax refund.
According to court records, Donus R. Sroufe filed a tax return for 2008 that claimed a refund of $1.7 million. On the tax return, Sroufe falsely claimed to have received $2.5 million from a U.S. Treasury
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Tax Resolution Services Co. – Weekly News Round Up

Friday, June 28th, 2013

This week was a busy one in tax related news. The stories ranged from celebrity tax woes, collection of billions in tax debt, tax fraud and a new IRS report that outlines improvements to the entire tax-exempt process. Here is a recap of those stories:
Fashion Moguls Dolce & Gabbana Convicted of Tax Evasion – According to a Reuters article, both Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana were given a 20-month suspended
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Tax Fraud by Florida Woman Earns Prison Sentence

Monday, June 24th, 2013

After pleading guilty to tax fraud and aggravated identity theft charges, Rhonda Yvette Brooks, of Plant City, Florida, was sentenced to three years and six months in federal prison. She was also ordered to forfeit $23,096. According to court documents, Brooks submitted fraudulent tax returns through Turbo Tax totaling more than $70,000 in bogus tax refunds.

Tax Fraud Charges for Georgia State Representative

Thursday, June 20th, 2013

A Georgia state representative was charged in federal court with fraud and tax charges.
Tyrone Brooks Sr., 67, of Atlanta, was indicted on charges that he misappropriated almost $1 million in charitable funds from Universal Humanities, a charity he founded in 1990, and the Georgia Association of Black Elected Officials.
Brooks’ indictment charges that, from the mid-1990s through 2012, Brooks solicited contributions from individuals and corporate donors to combat illiteracy and fund
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Tax Offenses Charged to Former Florida Mayor

Friday, June 14th, 2013

A former mayor in Florida and his wife were charged with criminal tax offenses and making false statements to federal agents.
According to the indictment, former Hialeah Mayor Julio Robaina, 48, and his wife, Raiza Villacis Robaina, 39, sought to defraud the IRS by conducting financial transactions that concealed their true nature.
Julio Robaina allegedly filed false corporate income returns for the years 2005 through 2007, a time when he was mayor
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Beware of Recent IRS Email Scams

Tuesday, June 4th, 2013

Tax scam emails that appear to be from the IRS run the gamut from almost believable to incredibly bad. Thanks to a Forbes article by Tax Girl Kelly Phillips Erb titled: “Phony Emails Purporting To Be From IRS Popping Up Again,” we have two fine examples of email scams that run the good and bad spectrum.
Email scam example #1 – really bad.

A few points mentioned in the article demonstrate how
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Tax Relief Weekly News Round Up: Top Tax Stories

Friday, May 17th, 2013

The stories that caught our attention this week ranged from tax evasion and fraud, to how the Offer in Compromise Program can help consumers, erasing tax debt in bankruptcy to the increase in IRS criminal investigations to the IRS under intense scrutiny.

The IRS Gets Scrutinized – By far the biggest IRS story this week revolved around the IRS itself! The agency is being closely examined for unfairly targeting conservative
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IRS Criminal Investigation Report Shows Increases

Monday, May 13th, 2013

Just last week, the IRS Criminal Investigation (CI) released its Annual Report for 2012 showing strong increases in enforcement actions and IRS penalties imposed on convicted tax criminals for the year ending Sept. 30, 2012. According to the IRS bulletin announcing the report’s release, the criminal investigation division investigates potential criminal violations of the Internal Revenue Code and related financial crimes in a manner to foster confidence in the
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Tax Attorney Sentenced to 8 Years for Tax Fraud Scheme

Tuesday, March 5th, 2013

Donna Guerin, 52, former CPA and tax attorney for Jenkens and Gilchrist, received an 8 year prison sentence and will be required to pay $190 million in restitution for her participation in what the Treasury Department calls “the largest criminal tax fraud in history.” An Accounting Today article titled: “Tax Attorney CPA Sentenced to 8 Years for Massive Tax Fraud Scheme“ provides some details of this landmark case:

Guerin ran a massive
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Tax Identity Fraud-How to Protect Yourself

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

With tropical storm intensity, Florida is currently leading the nation in tax identity fraud cases. A previous Tax Matters blog post cited a recent CNBC article titled “Florida Hit by ‘Tsunami’ of Tax Identity Fraud” that underscores the severity of this major, nationwide tax problem the IRS has been unable to resolve. According to the CNBC article, however, tax identity fraud is more than just a nuisance. It has now
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Tax Evasion by New Jersey Businessman Results in Prison Time

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

A New Jersey man who owned several air conditioning businesses was sentenced to five months in prison and five months of house arrest for tax evasion.
Mark Trawinski, 59, of Morganville, N.J., pleaded guilty to willfully attempting to evade payments of accrued employer’s quarterly federal taxes and the associated trust fund recovery penalties.
According to court records, Trawinski owned and operated three heating and air conditioning businesses. For various tax quarters,
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