by Brian Mahany
During the last two years this column has chronicled the downfall of politicians, corporate titans, bankers, accountants and the proverbial guy next door. From Hero to Zero, we have seen it all. Last week a federal jury in Philadelphia convicted former B’nai B’rith president Dennis Glick of “corruptly endeavoring to obstruct” the IRS and aiding and abetting the filing of false tax returns. When sentenced i January, he faces up to 15 years in a federal prison.
Until his indictment, Glick served as president of B’nai B’rith, the oldest Jewish service organization in the world. The name B’nai B’rith means “sons of the covenant.”
According to prosecutors, Glick had a second job as a CPA. It is there that the Justice Department says he made a covenant of a different kind. Jurors convicted Glick of lying to IRS agents and helping Jonathan Felix, a union dental plan administrator , file false returns.
For a few bucks, Glick gave up his career and potentially his freedom by signing a return with false and made up numbers. Accountants and lawyers are increasingly under scrutiny for assisting others in evading taxes, even if the accountant or lawyer wasn’t paid or was paid very little.
The Glick prosecution sends a strong message that accountants need to maintain their independence. Even if only one client ever asks an accountant to fudge some numbers, that one time can be enough to prosecute both the accountant and the client.
Although Glick maintained his innocence through trial, the jury disagreed. He was convicted on all counts.
The moral of the story is don’t expect much help from lawyers or accountants if your goal is to evade taxes. Using a conspiracy charge, prosecutors can bring in anyone who aids or assists another in breaking the law.
If you are charged with a tax crime or conspiracy to commit a tax crime or fraud, make sure you have competent criminal tax counsel. Although everyone dislikes paying taxes, juries are even less sympathetic with those people they perceive have not paid their fair share.
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