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Stockbroker Fraud and “Selling Away”

The big news last week in the securities industry was the apparent termination of James “Jeb” Bradshaw, a legendary stockbroker  most recently employed by LPL Financial. Several years ago, Barron’s magazine ranked Bradshaw as the top financial adviser in Texas with a client portfolio of almost $4 billion. When we checked with FINRA last week, [...]

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PPLI Life Insurance Scam Still Making the Rounds

Back in May, we wrote about an abusive tax shelter masquerading as a sophisticated private placed life insurance (PPLI) product. One of the companies marketing the product, SwissPartners, entered into a non prosecution agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice. Except for any audits of the dozens of American clients who purchased their PPLI products, [...]

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Government Settles Record “Inadequate Care” Whistleblower Case

Extendicare Health Services, a Canadian nursing home conglomerate, has agreed to pay $38 million to settle a whistleblower suit claiming violations of the federal False Claims Act. The U.S. Department of Justice says the settlement is the largest ever for substandard care. The suit was brought by Tracy Lovvorn, a rehabilitation manager at the company. [...]

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Swiss One Step Closer to FATCA Compliance

On Wednesday (October 8th, 2014) the Swiss government rolled out a protocol for tax exchange agreements with other countries. Although much of  the world media attention has been directed at FATCA, the U.S. Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act, many other countries are also negotiating tax exchange agreements and treaties. The Swiss Federal Council is expected [...]

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Unreported Offshore Deutsche Bank Account? Keep Reading!

The Swiss subsidiary of Deutsche Bank is cooperating with the IRS and Justice Department to disclose accounts belonging to or affiliated with Americans. U.S. law requires taxpayers holding more than $10,000 in offshore financial assets (such as bank accounts) to report those accounts or face huge penalties. Reporting must be done annually and is done [...]

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NZB Exec to Testify in FBAR Conspiracy Trial

A former executive of Neue Zurcher Bank (NZB) has surrendered to U.S. marshals and is now expected to testify in the trial of Raoul Weil, a former senior officer of UBS. Weil was indicted in 2008 and charged with conspiracy to defraud the IRS after prosecutors say he helped American clients with Swiss accounts hide [...]

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Bankruptcy Trustee Sues BMO Harris for $27 Billion

We have been involved in several billion dollar lawsuits. Those numbers are still a rarity. So last months lawsuit by the bankruptcy trustee of Palm Beach Finance Partners seeking $24 billion against BMO Harris caught our attention. The case offers great insights into how banks often turn a blind eye towards criminal activity appearing right [...]

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On the Lam for 21 Years, Tax Fraud Suspect Heads to Prison

Francisco Legaspi was indicted in 1992 on three counts of aiding and assisting in the preparation of false tax returns. Three months later he pleaded guilty and agreed to come back to court in January 1993. 21 years later, he finally appeared after being arrested by Royal Canadian Mounted Police in Canada. Where was Legaspi [...]

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CMBS Special Servicers – Main Street’s True Power Brokers

CMBS special servicers – they are responsible for tens of billions of troubled commercial real estate projects. Until very recently they escaped all media and regulatory scrutiny. Because of their expansive powers, they have the ability to dramatically impact the future of the commercial real estate market and maybe even the entire economy. They are [...]

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Oops, Wrong Number? Man Goes to Prison for Threatening IRS Agent

Being a revenue agent isn’t a fun job. Trust me, I know first hand. No one likes a visit from the “tax man” and very rarely do revenue agents tell folks they will be receiving a big check in the mail because of a mistake made on their return. It’s usually the opposite. Long days [...]

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