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High Roller Developer Convicted of Tax Evasion

Ah the good life… private airplane, two homes in Palm Springs, a $6 million penthouse in Bellevue, Washington, expensive artwork, country club memberships, thoroughbred horse racing and even a butler. Sounds pretty amazing, but tonight, Seattle developer Thomas Hazelrigg III is a convicted felon and faces 10 years in prison. Last week a federal jury [...]

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Lawyer Sued Over Ponzi Scheme

A group of investors sued Texas attorney Gregory Jones in connection with a failed mining venture that they claim was nothing more than a Ponzi scheme. The investors say they hired Jones before investing in two mining companies, Edwards Exploration and Edwards Operating LLC. The group sought Jones’ help in evaluating their potential investment. According [...]

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Ocwen In Trouble… Again

Ocwen Financial Corp, the largest non-bank mortgage servicer in the United States, is once again in trouble. The company’s legal woes seem to deepen so fast that even journalists have problems keeping up. Yesterday, Joseph Smith, the monitor appointed in the wake of a 2012 national settlement with federal and state officials, claimed that the [...]

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No Time Limit for FBAR Audits?

The general rule for tax audits is 3 years. If the IRS wants to audit your tax return, they have just 3 years to do so. If you understate your income by 25% or more, however, the IRS gets 6 years. Fail to report offshore income or fail to file an FBAR and the rules [...]

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Children and FBAR Reporting

The end of the year is quickly approaching. Although foreign bank accounts don’t have to be reported for a few more months, the year end is a good time to start getting one’s financial house in order. (FBAR reports are generally due on June 30th.) Earlier this summer, the Treasury Department clarified the FBAR filing [...]

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Big Banks – Pariahs or Victims? Whistleblower Post

We are not fans of Wall Street or the “Too-Big-To- Fail, Too-Big-to Jail” banks. Sure, most of the people who work there are honest, hard-working people. It’s the leadership and corporate governance that concern us. Thankfully, some regulators and prosecutors “get it” and have turned up the heat in effort to curb corporate greed and [...]

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Moonlighting Police Chief in Tax Fraud Beef

The recently retired police chief of Oregon, Wisconsin has been charged with tax fraud after allegedly failing to report income earned while moonlighting at an area club. The charges were brought by the Wisconsin Department of Revenue. According to a criminal complaint filed in Madison, Wisconsin, retired chief Douglas Pettit failed to disclose $14,000 of [...]

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Another Reg Z Violation, Another Whistleblower Opportunity

The Federal Reserve Board thought they cleaned up illegal loan officer compensation schemes in 2010 with the passage of amendments to Regulation Z and the enactment of the Loan Officer Compensation Rule. That rule says lenders can’t base bonus payments or compensate loan officers based on a term or condition of the loan. For years, some [...]

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Exotic Dancers and False Claims Act?

For profit schools have been under a great deal of scrutiny but the reports coming from a recently unsealed federal False Claims Act case are incredible. Last week the United States Department of Justice intervened in a whistleblower suit originally filed by a former admissions officer of FastTrain College. The False Claims Act law allows [...]

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Feds Accuse Deutsche Bank of Abusive Tax Shelter

The IRS and Justice Department have filed a civil suit against Deutsche Bank seeking to collect $190 million in taxes. The government accuses the German bank of using shell companies in a complex abusive tax shelter scheme. The lawsuit comes on the heels of $554 million criminal penalty paid by the bank in 2010. That [...]

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