Don’t Let the Door Hit You on the Way Out of the U.S.


Does the punishment for falsifying tax documents seem more severe for some than others?

There seems to be a debate about what constitutes ”fraud and deceit.’? According to an article by, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 6-3, that tax fraud of $10,000 or more is an “aggravated offense” that could lead to an alien resident’s deportation. (Interesting, so you can steal up to $10k from the U.S. Government before they will throw a non-citizen out of the country?? The couple requested review by the Supreme Court. (I want to do the review. Don’t let the door hit you on the way out of the U.S.)

The article details the case of the defendants, two Japanese natives who own two successful restaurants in California. According to federal law, the husband was convicted for ”willfully making and subscribing a false tax return” and his wife was convicted ”for aiding and assisting,” which the court says counts as a crime ”involving fraud or deceit.”

Let’s get serious here, fraud is fraud, it doesn’t matter who is doing it. When these types of cases come to light, I hope that fraudsters are taking note of the punishment and consequences they could face for committing fraud. There shouldn’t be a debate in government about what constitutes ”fraud and deceit,” the debate should be about how to prevent it and stop it.

Source: Today’s ”Fraud of the Day” is based on an article entitled, ”Supreme Court: $10K tax fraud deportable offense,” published by on February 21, 2012.

WASHINGTON, Feb. 21 (UPI) — The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 6-3 Tuesday a tax fraud of $10,000 or more is an “aggravated offense” that triggers an alien’s deportation.

A U.S. immigration judge ordered the removal of resident aliens Akio and Fusako Kawashima, saying the husband’s conviction for willfully making and subscribing a false tax return and his wife’s conviction for aiding and assisting him qualified as crimes involving fraud or deceit under federal law.

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Larry Benson
Larry Benson is currently the Director of Strategic Alliances for Revenue Discovery and Recovery at LexisNexis Risk Solutions. In this role, Benson is responsible for developing partnerships for the tax and revenue and child support enforcement verticals. He focuses on embedded companies that have a need for third-party analytics to enhance their current offerings.