Financial Fraud Law

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Tax Season Nears, Tax Scams Abound
Posted on 28 Jan 2014 by Steven A. Meyerowitz

With the start of the 2014 tax season approaching on January 31, it is worth keeping in mind that tax-related scams using the IRS name proliferate during this time of year. Tax scams can take many forms, with perpetrators posing as the IRS in everything... Read More

Banks’ Challenge to Interest-Reporting Regulations Targeting Offshore Tax Avoidance is Rejected
Posted on 14 Jan 2014 by Steven A. Meyerowitz

The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia has dismissed a challenge filed by the Florida Bankers Association and the Texas Bankers Association to the 2012 amendments to the Department of the Treasury’s interest-reporting regulations.... Read More

Allegedly Told ‘Don’t Get Caught,’ Swiss Banker Got Caught, and Now He’s Guilty of Conspiring to Defraud the IRS
Posted on 13 Mar 2014 by Steven A. Meyerowitz

In what appears to be another significant step toward prosecuting U.S. citizens with unreported overseas bank accounts, and foreign banks – and bankers – that facilitate them, a Swiss banker has pleaded guilty to conspiring to defraud the... Read More

For Whom the Bell Tolls: City’s Former Chief Administrative Officer to Plead Guilty to Conspiracy and Tax Charges
Posted on 16 Dec 2013 by Steven A. Meyerowitz

Robert A. Rizzo, who for years was the top administrator in the California city of Bell and who became a symbol of municipal corruption, has agreed to plead guilty to federal charges in a scheme that resulted in hundreds of thousands of dollars in unpaid... Read More

Republican National Committee Urged to Reject ‘Pro-Tax Evasion’ Resolution
Posted on 24 Jan 2014 by Steven A. Meyerowitz

Global Financial Integrity (GFI) has urged the Republican National Committee (RNC) to reject a proposed resolution calling for the repeal of the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA), which GFI characterized as “the cornerstone of the U.S.... Read More

‘Real Housewives of New Jersey’ Stars Plead Guilty to Conspiracy, Bankruptcy Fraud and Tax Crimes
Posted on 4 Mar 2014 by Steven A. Meyerowitz

Two of the stars of the Bravo TV show “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” have admitted committing a string of crimes as part of a long-running financial fraud conspiracy. Teresa Giudice, 41, and Giuseppe “Joe” Giudice, 43,... Read More

Attorney Heading to Prison for Helping Clients Keep Secret Swiss Bank Accounts
Posted on 20 Mar 2014 by Steven A. Meyerowitz

California attorney Christopher M. Rusch has been sentenced to serve 10 months in prison for helping his clients Stephen M. Kerr and Michael Quiel, both businessmen from Phoenix, hide millions of dollars in secret offshore bank accounts at UBS AG and... Read More

‘Free Money’ Among This Year’s ‘Dirty Dozen’ Top Tax Scams
Posted on 20 Feb 2014 by Steven A. Meyerowitz

The Internal Revenue Service has issued its annual “Dirty Dozen” list of tax scams, many of which peak during tax filing season as people prepare their tax returns. "Taxpayers should be on the lookout for tax scams using the IRS name... Read More

Madoff Brother, Convicted and Jailed, Now is Disbarred
Posted on 19 Dec 2013 by Steven A. Meyerowitz

Peter Madoff – Bernard Madoff’s brother – has been disbarred. Just about five years to the day after Bernard Madoff’s Ponzi scheme came to light, just about one year to the day after Peter Madoff was sentenced to consecutive... Read More

Consultant Heading to Prison for Failing to Report Foreign Bank Accounts at UBS
Posted on 5 Mar 2014 by Steven A. Meyerowitz

Christopher B. Berg of Portola Valley, California, has been sentenced to one year and one day in prison to be followed by three years supervised release after pleading guilty to willfully failing to file the required report of foreign bank account for... Read More

$8 Billion Collected by Justice Department in Civil and Criminal Cases in Fiscal Year 2013
Posted on 10 Jan 2014 by Steven A. Meyerowitz

The Justice Department collected a lot of money in civil and criminal cases during the last fiscal year. Attorney General Eric Holder totaled it up, and came to at least $8 billion. “The department’s enforcement actions not only help to... Read More