Sunday, August 19, 2018

Hanging Out a Shingle

Because taxes can be complicated, tax preparers are instrumental in helping the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) collect revenue from individual taxpayers. It behooves the tax agency to make sure that those involved in the tax preparation profession are competent and accountable for their actions....

Prison Therapy

To become a physical therapist, an individual must earn a professional degree, which is usually a doctorate in physical therapy. Once the degree is obtained, then states require a license to legally work as a physical therapist. (All of those hours spent learning and...

More than a Slice of Pizza

Today’s “Fraud of the Day” is based on an article entitled, “Wayne Restaurateur Giuseppe DiMeo Guilty In Tax Fraud Case: Feds,” published by Radnor Patch. Giuseppe "Pino" DiMeo, 49, changed his initial not guilty plea to guilty on two counts of conspiring to defraud the IRS and nine counts of filing false tax returns, according to Acting United States Attorney Louis D. Lappen.

Breaking Records

Today’s “Fraud of the Day” is based on an article entitled, “Corrupt Pakistani doctor sentenced to 23 years in prison, could be deported” posted on mlive.com. A Metro Detroit doctor, who immigrated to the U.S. from Pakistan to practice medicine, was sentenced to 23 years in prison after being convicted of crimes related to a massive prescription pill fraud scheme he orchestrated.

Decoding Fraud

In times of conflict, a cryptologist's services are highly coveted. People who are able to decode a variety of communications including digital signals or foreign languages are almost always in high demand by the military or intelligence agencies. However, because of the nature of...

Zombies at Work

It is commonly said that the only things we can be certain of in this world are death and taxes. But today's ''Fraud of the Day'' raises a question about the uncertainty of fraudulent tax returns using the stolen identities of the deceased. A...

Monkey See, Monkey Do

Parents’ actions often speak louder than words. And, when children observe their parents repeating the same behavior frequently, they tend to copy. (Monkey see, monkey do.) A woman from Placentia, California emulated her mother’s repetitive criminal behavior and followed her lead right into a...

Crystal Ball

Today’s “Fraud of the Day” is based on an article entitled, “Hermosa Beach ‘Psychic’ Sentenced For Tax Fraud,” posted on Patch.com. A Hermosa Beach man who is a self-proclaimed psychic was sentenced to six years in federal prison and his wife received two years behind bars for a filing fraudulent tax returns and passing bad checks in an effort to pay of their debts.

Unsuspecting Victims

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) reports that in 2017, the number of taxpayers who reported tax-related identity theft declined by 50 percent. While this sounds like great news, identity thieves are becoming increasingly savvy at finding new ways to steal money from unsuspecting victims...

Behaving Badly

A former well-respected attorney in Santa Barbara, California behaved badly by not paying his taxes. He used the unpaid taxes to live a lavish lifestyle and to go gambling. The former criminal defense attorney neglected to report that he had earned $3,590,185 to the Internal...
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