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Archive for category White Collar Criminal

Banker Cooperates with Feds, Avoids Prison (FBAR Post)

Andreas Bachmann, a former Credit Suisse banker, was spared prison and instead received probation after cooperating with the IRS and U.S. Department of Justice. Bachmann was sentenced this month after pleading guilty to conspiracy to defraud the IRS. Prosecutors say he helped wealthy Americans evade U.S. taxes by hiding money in offshore accounts. Owning a [...]

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IRS Search Leads to Suicide

This is a sad, sad story. It is a reminder of why the government must always be vigilant in how it conducts its business. Particularly, with how the IRS collects taxes and enforces the Tax Code. The story begins in 2007 and is still winding its way through the courts. A recent decision by a [...]

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Developer Gets Prison in Tax Evasion Case

In the few weeks before the traditional tax due date of April 15th, IRS agents and Justice Department are pushing as many cases into court as possible. The reason is simple. Big tax evasion headlines “scare” people who are otherwise tempted to cheat on their taxes. One Seattle businessman, however, got caught and is now [...]

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Send in the Clowns – Tax Protesters and Audit Defense

The title of this post, “Send in the Clowns,” is admittedly a bit harsh. We have represented several tax protesters in both audit defense and criminal investigations. None of them are clowns, however the promoters feeding them bad advice often were. To be clear, there is a grain of truth in some of the theories [...]

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Jersey Doc Accused of Medicaid, Medicare Fraud

Medicaid and Medicare fraud are federal crimes. Defraud a government backed healthcare program and you could go to prison for 10 years. If someone is harmed as the result of the fraud the maximum penalty is 20 years! One might think that would stop many would-be fraudsters from committing these crimes. Not so, experts believe [...]

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Small Time Bank, Big Time Fraud (Whistleblower Post)

Last month the U.S. Department of Justice charged Gary Patton Hall with 6 counts of bank fraud and one count of defrauding the United States. Until its failure in late 2010, Hall was the CEO of Georgia based Tifton Banking Co. State officials shut down the bank in November of that year after it became [...]

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NY Resident Pleads to Unreported Account FBAR Charge

Owning or having signature authority over an offshore account isn’t illegal but failing to tell Uncle Sam about it can land you in prison. During the last several years, almost 200 people have been prosecuted for failure to file an FBAR form. Short for Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts, the willful failure to [...]

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Doc Pleads Guilty to Unreported Leumi Acct (FBAR Post)

Earlier this month, a physician from Laguna Beach, California pleaded guilty to Willful Failure to File an FBAR form (Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts). As a result of his guilty plea, Dr. Baruch Fogel faces 5 years in prison when sentenced later this year in July. U.S. taxpayers with $10,000 or more in [...]

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Mispent Homeless $ Leads to Healthcare Fraud Charges

Jonathan Dunning is the former CEO of two non profit clinics for the poor and the homeless. He may soon be homeless himself, unless you call a federal prison cell “home.” Last week FBI and IRS criminal division special agents arrested Dunning after he was indicted on 112 counts of wire fraud, bank fraud and [...]

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Bizarre Rant Lands Broker in Prison

Most of our fraud stories carry an important message. Frequently we try to help readers avoid becoming victims of Ponzi schemes, stockbroker fraud and other investment scams. If there is any lesson in this story, however, it is simply that acting the fool at one’s criminal sentencing is not an effective way of avoiding prison. [...]

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