Tuesday, March 31, 2020

From Guard to Inmate?

A former prison guard who moonlighted as a tax preparer could find himself behind bars after pleading guilty to federal tax fraud. (That’s an interesting combination of skill sets.) The North Carolina man built a reputation as a tax preparer who could ensure his customers...

28 Million Reasons Why

I don’t know about you, but I think $1 million is a lot of money. Multiply that by 28 and that’s the tax bill for a Las Vegas, Nevada businessman who neglected to pay the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). (And that’s not all he...

A Cast of Unscrupulous Characters

As today’s fraud drama unveils, we see a cast of unscrupulous characters that include two brothers, an office billing manager, a licensed nurse practitioner, and an individual who is an expert at forging medical treatment notes (I didn’t know that was a “thing”.) The...

Suppressing Tax Fraud

Deceptive business owners avoid paying taxes in similar ways as unscrupulous individual tax payers. They can under report income, inflate their deductions, claim too many tax credits or hide money through money laundering schemes. The owner of a Chicago-area restaturant famous for its margaritas...

Nothing New Under the Sun

There are many ways that individuals and businesses go about neglecting to pay taxes to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Some simply fail to file a tax return. Others who do file a tax return may claim false deductions or omit income to have...

Zapping Fraud

A sales zapper is a software tool that is used by fraudsters who want to falsify the electronic records for a point of sales system for the purpose of committing tax evasion. A Milan, Illinois business owner relied on one to help her steal...

Taking the Government on a Ride

The owners of a Columbus, Ohio medical transportation company attempted to take three government agencies on a very costly ride. But, the Medicare and Medicaid programs and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) put a stop payment on the $3.3 million fare to cover the...

The Old Bait and Switcheroo

The “Bait and Switch” sales tactic has been around for a long time. It’s commonly used to attract someone to a good deal, then the customer ends up with something else, usually for a higher price.

Two Peas in a Fraud Pod

A man who previously served as a police officer in New York has been convicted of committing Social Security disability fraud and tax evasion. The man from Campbell Hall, New York, who claimed to be disabled, double dipped by collecting $1.6 million from working...

One Way or Another

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) lists 2,235 forms and publications. (It’s no wonder that the tax season is dreaded by so many. With that number of forms available, how in the heck do you know which one to use?) Perhaps this is why it...
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