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“Helping Homeowners?” NO! (Ocwen Fraud Post)

Ocwen obtained a copyright on the phrase “Helping Homeowners Is What We Do.” Try finding one of those homeowners who claim they were “helped” by Ocwen, the largest nonbank mortgage servicer in the United States. For many years, Ocwen claimed it did a better job than banks at keeping people in their homes. Given the [...]

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Republicans Back New Whistleblower Legislation

Many whistleblower lawyers have been nervous with the recent GOP sweep in Washington. When I read the Justice Department’s press release last week indicating that the department paid out $435 million to whistleblowers this year, I viewed it as 435 million reasons why Wall Street hates the federal False Claims Act. While it still too [...]

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Tax Court Hears Interesting IRS Whistleblower Case

The IRS whistleblower program has been around for almost as long as the federal income tax. In 2007, Congress put real teeth in the law and provided whistleblowers more rights in big cases. Recently the U.S. Tax Court had the opportunity to address the ability of whistleblowers to challenge the amount of the their award [...]

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Breaking News – Credit Suisse Sentenced in Tax Evasion Probe

Credit Suisse AG, a huge Swiss banking company with $872 billion in assets, was sentenced yesterday for its role in assisting U.S. taxpayers commit tax evasion.  Convicted on May 19th of conspiracy to defraud the IRS, sentencing was postponed until November 21st. Yesterday, the bank was penalized $2.6 billion in fines and restitution. The case [...]

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False Claims Act – $435 Million in Awards in 2014

The Justice Department released their 2014 whistleblower award figures yesterday. Whistleblowers under the federal False Claims Act took home $435 million in award money this year. (The government’s fiscal year ended on September 30th). These figures don’t include the millions paid by the IRS, SEC and under the FIRREA statute. All four programs pay whistleblowers [...]

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Regulators Crack Down on Mortgage Servicers

Mortgage Professional America reports that regulators are focusing their attention on mortgage servicers. Concerns range from liquidity issues to improper loan modification procedures to complaints about unauthorized and excessive fees. MPA reports that the Federal Housing Finance Agency plans to roll out new risk management guidelines after Thanksgiving. They fear that some servicers are showing [...]

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Tax Evasion, Dead Kids and Dishonest Lawyers

Over the years we have posted many tax evasion stories. Most involve taxpayers who get in over their heads and soon find themselves in deep trouble. They aren’t necessarily bad people, just people who made a mistake or got a bit greedy. Then there is 71-year-old Lloyd Irving Taylor, now headed to prison for the [...]

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Thank You Whistleblowers

The results are in and they are fantastic. The U.S. Department of Justice collected $24,000,000.00 in FY 2014. (The government’s fiscal year ended on September 30th.) While some of that money represents criminal fines and forfeitures, much of it was generated by whistleblowers and the federal False Claims Act, a Civil War era law that [...]

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Hong Kong Signs FATCA Pact

The U.S. Treasury Department has confirmed that Hong Kong has signed an agreement to report certain financial account information directly to the IRS. Under the 2010 FATCA law (Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act), foreign banks must review their accounts and report any accounts with ties to the United States. Banks that fail to comply are [...]

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There is a New Sheriff In Town – YOU (Whistleblowers Post)

Healthcare fraud has become so rampant that earlier this year the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) announced that it had to impose a moratorium on new healthcare providers in certain markets. It was the second time regulators became so concerned with fraud that they had to resort to such a drastic remedy. A [...]

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