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Whistleblower Tip Leads to $389 Million Recovery

A former food and water supplier to U.S. troops stationed in Afghanistan has been fined $389,000,000 after a whistleblower came forward and turned in the supplier. Supreme Foodservice, the supplier, pleaded guilty to both civil and criminal charges. The settlement was announced in Philadelphia where prosecutors had charged the company with criminal fraud, conspiracy to [...]

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“Dodgy” Appraisals Make Comeback? Send in the Whistleblowers!

The Wall Street Journal recently ran a story titled “Dodgy Home Appraisals Make a Comeback.” We have seen this scam before. before the ink isn’t even dry on the last taxpayer bailout of Wall Street, the banks are back and ready for another run at the public trough. This time, however, we hope whistleblowers will [...]

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Will Supreme Court Consider Whistleblower Cover Up Case?

A whistleblower that filed a False Claims Act case against his former employer has asked the U.S Supreme Court to review a troubling and controversial ruling by the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. That ruling permits corporations to hide evidence of fraud from whistleblowers and the government. The case has huge implications for taxpayers and [...]

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Restaurant Owner Headed to Prison for False Tax Returns

A federal judge in Madison, Wisconsin sentenced a 62 year old restaurant owner to prison for 1 year after finding that Rennell West filed 5 years of false tax returns. According to court records, West owned the Family Affair Restaurant in Friendship, Wisconsin. As business soured, West began skimming cash and not reporting the income [...]

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IRS Guidance on “Willful” FBAR Penalties

U.S. taxpayers with financial accounts opened outside the United States are generally required to disclose these accounts to the IRS. Reporting is done on a Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (FBAR) and on Schedule B of the income tax return. Because FBAR forms are technically a Treasury Department function, the penalties laws are [...]

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House Calls, Michigan and Medicare Fraud

The U.S. Department of Justice says that Medicare fraud is on the rise in Michigan and one particular area of concern is physician house calls.  Years ago, doctors routinely made house calls. Now many physicians are employed by hospital owned medical groups or clinics. Finding a doctor willing to make a house call has been [...]

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Crooked Chiro Gets Prison for Tax Evasion

After being convicted by a federal jury earlier this year, a Neptune, New Jersey chiropractor was sentenced to 54 months in a federal prison. When he is released, he must serve an additional 5 years on supervised release. Jurors convicted David Moleski in February of 3 counts of submitting false tax returns, 1 count of [...]

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Jury Convicts Two in Medicare Fraud Scam

A federal jury in Houston, Texas convicted two men of 20 counts of Medicare fraud and conspiracy after a 7 day trial last month. Both men now face 200 years in prison when sentenced in early 2015. Prosecutors say that Dr. Dennis Branson and his clinic administrator, Dario Juarez, orchestrated a scheme to defraud Medicare [...]

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FBAR Reporting and Accounting Malpractice

Back in January, we posted a piece directed at practitioners – accountants and enrolled agents – on their FBAR reporting responsibilities. Since that post, we continue to hear from taxpayers who claim their preparer failed to file FBARs and failed to report their foreign accounts. When the IRS assesses huge penalties, the taxpayer’s first stop is usually [...]

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Will The Cayman Islands Honor FATCA?

The Cayman Islands was one of the first countries that agreed to FATCA, the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act. A recent spat between the Cayman Islands and Australia, however, has us wondering if the Caymans will actually enforce the law in the years to come. FATCA is a 2010 law designed to reduce tax evasion [...]

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