Posts Tagged ‘tax scam’

IRS Warns of New Phone Tax Scam

Friday, November 8th, 2013

According to a recent press release, the IRS is sounding a warning about a sophisticated phone scam targeting taxpayers, including recent immigrants, throughout the country. We initially reported on this scam in a previous post during the government shutdown. It was clear that these brazen thieves were taking advantage of the fact they could continue their crimes essentially without getting caught.

Victims are told they owe money to the IRS and
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After Shutdown, Tax Collections Still Are a Priority

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

For 16 days, the government shut down effectively halted tax enforcement and collections. Now that the IRS is running at full steam again, should you be concerned?
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The government shutdown from October 1 to October 16 closed not only the most critical U.S. government offices; it also furloughed the most essential federal employees. For 16 days, the business of tax collections: analyzing returns, auditing taxpayers, and filing tax liens, effectively
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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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Nevada Man Files False Tax Returns, Receives Prison Sentence

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

A North Las Vegas man was sentenced to four years in prison, three years of supervised release, and ordered to pay restitution of $64,921 to the IRS for filing multiple false tax returns in the names of others.
Joseph Glendon Austin, 35, pleaded guilty to one count of presenting a false claim and one count of aggravated identity theft.
According to court records, Austin obtained access to the personal information of clients
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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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Failing to File Income Tax Returns Gets Man 4 Year Sentence

Monday, July 22nd, 2013

Following a jury trial, a Virginia man who failed to file personal tax returns for three years was sentenced to 48 months in prison. James Bowers Johnson, 47, of Winchester, Virginia, was found guilty of one count of obstructing the Internal Revenue Service and three counts of willfully failing to file personal tax returns. Between 1999 and 2007, Johnson attempted to conceal more than $1.4 million in income.

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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Colorado Man Guilty of Income Tax Charges

Friday, June 28th, 2013

A Denver man pleaded guilty to filing a false tax return as part of an illegal sports betting business.
Daniel Dinner, 61, pleaded guilty to one count of filing a false income tax return.
According to court records, from 2005 through 2009, Dinner ran an illegal sports betting business.
In March 2011, IRS agents recovered approximately $1.2 million in cash from Dinner’s properties and safe deposit boxes. The money came from both legitimate
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Tax-Related Offenses Charged to NonProfit Director in Ohio

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

The director of a Cleveland nonprofit organization withheld taxes from employees but did not pay the money to the government, according to federal charges.
Edward G. Kramer, 62, also allegedly falsified his income tax returns for two years and did not file a file return in two other years.
Kramer was director and chief counsel of Housing Advocates Inc., a nonprofit organization in Cleveland that received federal funding from the U.S. Department
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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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Filing False Tax Return Gets Iowa Woman Prison Sentence

Monday, June 17th, 2013

An Iowa woman was sentenced to 21 months in prison for two counts of filing false tax returns.
Regina Jimenez, 60, of Clinton, Iowa, operated AA Accounting & Tax Services Inc. in Clinton, Iowa, from approximately 2007 through 2011. Jimenez used the business to facilitate the theft of over $300,000 from a client who believed that Jimenez would use the money to pay the client’s taxes.
Jimenez instead used the money for
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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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Arizona Woman Gets 30 Months in Prison for Tax Evasion

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

An Arizona woman will spend the next 30 months in federal prison after admitting that she and others conspired to defraud the U.S. government by filing false tax returns that wrongly claimed refunds.
Shaneika Earline Sims, 30, of Casa Grande, Arizona, must also pay $403,002 in restitution and, upon completion of her prison time, serve a 36-month term of supervised release.
Sims and others filed at least 150 false federal individual income
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Tax Evasion by Kentucky Businessman Who Hid Assets from IRS

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

A Kentucky construction company owner pleaded guilty to evading payment of $177,634 in federal income taxes due for the tax years 1999 through 2001.
Darrell Mathis, of Warren County, Kentucky, and owner of Tri-State Construction, falsely submitted an IRS Offer in Compromise form in which he concealed his personal assets, including vehicles and boats, and ownership of his business, Tri-State Construction.
Mathis concealed his ownership in the company from the IRS by
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