Law Enforcement

Justice Department Seeks to Shut Down Fraudulent Chicagoland Tax Return Business

The United States has filed a complaint seeking to permanently bar Markham, Illinois tax preparer Patricia Rivers, her daughter-in-law, Ki’esha M. Gary, and Rivers’s business, Alpha II Omega Tax, from preparing federal tax returns for others, the...

Justice Department Files Its First Enforcement Action Against COVID-19 Fraud

The Department of Justice announced on March 22 that it has taken its first action in federal court to combat fraud related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The enforcement action filed on March 22 in Austin against operators of a fraudulent...

Brooklyn Tax Preparer Sentenced to Prison for Preparing Fraudulent Returns

A Brooklyn, New York, tax return preparer was sentenced to 15 months in prison for preparing false returns for his clients and himself, on March 6, announced Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Richard E. Zuckerman of the Justice Department’s...

Oklahoma Business Owner Indicted for Tax Fraud

A federal grand jury in Tulsa, Oklahoma, returned an indictment last Wednesday charging a Bristow, Oklahoma, business owner with filing false tax returns, on March 6, announced Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Richard E. Zuckerman of the...

Founder of Russian Bank Charged with Tax Fraud

The founder of a Russian bank was arrested last week in London in connection with an indictment charging him with filing false tax returns, announced Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Richard E. Zuckerman of the Justice Department’s Tax...

Former Forsyth County Commissioner Pleads Guilty to Tax Fraud

A former Forsyth County Commissioner pleaded guilty to filing false tax returns and failing to file a tax return, on March 4, announced Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Richard E. Zuckerman of the Justice Department’s Tax Division and U.S....

Nevada Fraudster Sentenced to More Than Five Years in Prison for Role in Scheme to File False Tax Returns Using Stolen Identities

A Las Vegas resident was sentenced to 65 months in prison for his role in a stolen identity tax fraud, on March 4, announced Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Richard E. Zuckerman of the Justice Department’s Tax Division and U.S. Attorney...

Former Virginia Tax Preparer Sentenced to Prison for Filing False Returns

A former tax return preparer in Roanoke, Virginia, was sentenced to 12 months and one day in prison, on March 3, announced Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Richard E. Zuckerman of the Justice Department’s Tax Division and U.S. Attorney...