Law Enforcement

Virginia Tax Return Preparer Sentenced to Prison for Filing Fraudulent Returns

A Danville, Virginia, resident was sentenced to 30 months in prison for aiding and assisting in the preparation of fraudulent tax returns, announced Acting Deputy Assistant Attorney General Stuart M. Goldberg of the Justice Department’s Tax Division...

Nigerian Citizen Sentenced to 6 ½ Years in Prison for $12 Million Tax Refund Fraud, Voter Fraud, and Illegal Reentry

A Nigerian citizen, who resided in St. Louis, Missouri, was sentenced to 78 months in prison for mail fraud, aggravated identity theft, voter fraud, and re-entering the United States after having been removed, announced Acting Deputy Assistant...

Houston Federal Court Shuts Down Tax Return Preparer

On Oct. 16, a federal court in Houston, Texas, permanently enjoined Felisha Gibson and Ms. Lesa’s Tax Service LLC from preparing federal tax returns for others, the Justice Department announced on October 17. Gibson agreed to a civil injunction order...

Florida Airplane Broker Convicted of Tax and Wire Fraud

A federal jury sitting in Miami, Florida, convicted a resident of Pompano Beach, Florida, of filing fraudulent tax returns, wire fraud and filing false monthly reports with the U.S. Probation Office, announced Acting Deputy Assistant Attorney General...

Maryland Real Estate Flipper Sentenced To Prison for Obstructing IRS and Failing to File Tax Returns

A Maryland man who bought, improved and sold residential real estate was sentenced to 36 months in prison announced Acting Deputy Assistant Attorney General Stuart M. Goldberg of the Justice Department’s Tax Division and Acting U.S. Attorney Stephen M...

Florida Businessman Pleads Guilty to Foreign Bribery Charges in Connection With Venezuela Bribery Scheme

A partial owner of several Florida-based energy companies, on October 11, pleaded guilty to foreign bribery charges for his role in a scheme to corruptly secure contracts from Venezuela’s state-owned and state-controlled energy company, Petroleos de...

Congressional Staffer Charged With Filing False Security Clearance Form

A congressional staffer was charged with filing a false security clearance form, on October 11, announced Acting Deputy Assistant Attorney General Stuart M. Goldberg of the Justice Department’s Tax Division, U.S. Attorney Jessie K. Liu for the...

Tennessee Woman Convicted of Stolen ID Refund Fraud

An Antioch, Tennessee, on October 10, woman was convicted by a federal jury sitting in Nashville, Tennessee, of eight counts each of wire fraud and aggravated identity theft, announced Acting Deputy Assistant Attorney General Stuart M. Goldberg of the...