IRS Unmasks Anonymous Tax Filer

Kristi Finney pleaded guilty to tax fraud for filing false tax returns.  From 2013 to 2018 Finney offered tax services from her home and charged a rate of $200 per return. She falsified employment, income and expense information on the returns. She also claimed large financial losses for businesses that did not exist, which resulted in larger tax refunds for her clients.

Finney would then divert portions of the refunds to herself by placing the refunds on prepaid debit cards.  Finney hid her involvement  by claiming the returns were prepared by her clients, but the IRS linked 147 suspicious tax returns to her and was able to identify her as the filer through Internet protocol addresses, email addresses associated with the electronic returns and through witness interviews.

She has been ordered to pay restitution of $359,733 to the IRS and sentenced to 33 months in federal prison.

 


At McCauley Law Offices, P.C., our lawyers will find a solution to your tax problems, no matter how complex your IRS issue is. View our services and contact us (or call 610-388-4474) to schedule a free consultation with one of our tax attorneys. View and purchase Gregory McCauley’s published work “TAXJAMS: Simple Solutions” on Amazon. From our office in Chester County, Pennsylvania, we find tax solutions for clients throughout the country.

 

All Tuckered Out From Defrauding 7 Million People Out of 8 Million Dollars

Joel Tucker, from Kansas City, Missouri, ran into trouble with the IRS after he was caught selling false debt portfolios.

 

In 2009 Tucker founded eData Solutions, which collected loan application information, known as leads, that he sold to approximately 70 payday lender clients.  In 2012 Tucker sold the company to the Wyandotte Indian tribe but kept a file of 7.8 million leads he had acquired.  These leads included detailed customer information including: names, addresses, bank accounts, social security numbers and dates of birth.  Tucker used this information to create false debt portfolios he then sold to third party debt collectors.

Tucker sold debts he didn’t own, were not true debts, had already been sold to other buyers and contained false lenders, loan dates, loan amounts and payment status.  Tucker did not file tax returns from 2014 to 2016, claiming he had no income and was living on borrowed money from his mother.  In reality he used nominee bank accounts to conceal millions of dollars in income and assets and spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on cars, chartered jets, travel, entertainment, and a personal home.

Under his plea agreement Tucker must pay $8,057,079 in restitution to the IRS and faces up to 20 years in federal prison without parole.

 


At McCauley Law Offices, P.C., our lawyers will find a solution to your tax problems, no matter how complex your IRS issue is. View our services and contact us (or call 610-388-4474) to schedule a free consultation with one of our tax attorneys. View and purchase Gregory McCauley’s published work “TAXJAMS: Simple Solutions” on Amazon. From our office in Chester County, Pennsylvania, we find tax solutions for clients throughout the country.

 

 

Pretend Millionaire Gets Real Refund and Real Jail Time

 

Mark Goolsby pleaded guilty in Florida to filing a false tax return.  For the 2014 tax year Goolsby falsely claimed that he had earned over a million dollars in 1099-MISC income and had paid more than $800,000 in federal withholding taxes.  The IRS processed the return and issued Goolsby a refund check for over $400,000.

Not long after sending the check the IRS realized their mistake and began collection proceedings to get the money back. Goolsby refused to return the money and took great lengths to hide the funds from the IRS. He opened multiple bank accounts, purchased a car in someone else’s name, withdrew large amounts of cash and continued to live a lavish lifestyle.  Goolsby was sentenced to 24 months in prison and ordered to pay $420,288 in restitution to the IRS.

 

 


At McCauley Law Offices, P.C., our lawyers will find a solution to your tax problems, no matter how complex your IRS issue is. View our services and contact us (or call 610-388-4474) to schedule a free consultation with one of our tax attorneys. View and purchase Gregory McCauley’s published work “TAXJAMS: Simple Solutions” on Amazon. From our office in Chester County, Pennsylvania, we find tax solutions for clients throughout the country.

Not Such A Minor Offense

New Yorker Mark Wolanyk pleaded guilty to tax evasion for a scheme that included his minor son.  Wolanyk opened a bank account in his son’s name in 2010, and listed himself as the custodian of the account. During the next three years Wolanyk deposited more than $250,000 in the account, the majority of the funds coming from his business. During roughly the same time period, Wolanyk withdrew a similar amount from the account.

 

In 2011, while the IRS was attempting to collect taxes owed by Wolanyk, he submitted a Collection Information Statement for Wage Earner and Self-Employed individuals and did not list the account held in his son’s name.  Wolanyk filed a false tax return in 2014 claiming a loss in income. Later that year he amended his return and claimed $77,477 in gross income and $56,491 in total income. Neither return reported $60,000 he had deposited in his son’s account from a real estate transaction that same year.  Wolanyk was sentenced to 12 months of home confinement, three years of supervised release and ordered to pay $243,387 in restitution to the IRS.


At McCauley Law Offices, P.C., our lawyers will find a solution to your tax problems, no matter how complex your IRS issue is. View our services and contact us (or call 610-388-4474) to schedule a free consultation with one of our tax attorneys. View and purchase Gregory McCauley’s published work “TAXJAMS: Simple Solutions” on Amazon. From our office in Chester County, Pennsylvania, we find tax solutions for clients throughout the country.

 

Ruby’s in the Red

Illinois resident Ruby Toosevich pleaded guilty to bank fraud for defrauding the medical practice where she worked by using the company’s bank account to pay her personal expenses. Toosevich created fake invoices disguised as legitimate business expenses in order to get checks from her employer. She used the checks to pay, or attempt to pay, for her federal taxes, a mortgage, home repairs and remodeling, private school tuition, jewelry, a luxury car lease, and other expenses.

In a 12-month period she caused the company losses of more than $300,000. She has been ordered to pay $329,986.54 in restitution and was sentenced to 27 months in prison.

 


At McCauley Law Offices, P.C., our lawyers will find a solution to your tax problems, no matter how complex your IRS issue is. View our services and contact us (or call 610-388-4474) to schedule a free consultation with one of our tax attorneys. View and purchase Gregory McCauley’s published work “TAXJAMS: Simple Solutions” on Amazon. From our office in Chester County, Pennsylvania, we find tax solutions for clients throughout the country.

 

What the Puck Was She Thinking?

A simple mistake, oversight, or your accountant’s malpractice may trigger an IRS criminal investigation. Specifically, unreported income, a false statement, the use of an impermissible accounting or banking service, or declaring too many deductions are things that could initiate an audit, which could then rise to the level of an IRS criminal investigation process.


Jennifer Durham, an employee of the Rapid City Rush, a professional hockey team in South Dakota, pleaded guilty to wire fraud and tax evasion for embezzling $700,000 from the organization.  While employed as the team’s office manager between 2010 and 2019, Durham falsified entries into accounting records to make it appear that the money she was stealing was spent on legitimate business expenses.

Durham paid herself $87,000 in mileage reimbursement and sales commissions, transferred nearly $285,000 from the team’s bank account to pay her American Express bill and transferred another $181,000 to her personal bank account. Durham also admitted to taking $214,971 in cash receipts to use for personal expenses and made payments totaling $7,712 to cover her family’s cell phone bill. She did not report the additional income to the IRS, causing a tax loss of $186,277 to the federal government.

The investigation began when new team owners discovered, “Inconsistencies and irregularities with regard to some bookkeeping handled by a single former employee.”  As part of the plea agreement, Durham must pay restitution to the team totaling $700,000 and the IRS $186,277. She faces up to 45 years in prison.


At McCauley Law Offices, P.C., our lawyers will find a solution to your tax problems, no matter how complex your IRS issue is. View our services and contact us (or call 610-388-4474) to schedule a free consultation with one of our tax attorneys. View and purchase Gregory McCauley’s published work “TAXJAMS: Simple Solutions” on Amazon. From our office in Chester County, Pennsylvania, we find tax solutions for clients throughout the country.

IRS Innocent Spouse Relief

Question: I’m currently separated from my spouse, who owns his own business, and we are in the process of getting a divorce.  I have always filed jointly with my husband and now the IRS is sending me notices stating I owe $65,000.  I have no idea how they are coming up with this amount as my spouse said he was always taking care of this and paying the IRS what was owed.

Answer:  You may be able to avoid this liability entirely under the IRS’s Innocent Spouse Relief rules through filing a Form 8857 with the IRS.  Under federal law if an income tax return is signed by both husband and wife, both spouses are 100% responsible for the taxes owed.  However, the law permits special consideration where a spouse cannot be held responsible for the underreporting of income or the understatement of tax that are attributable to the other spouse.

If you meet the following criteria you may be able to apply for innocent spouse relief:  Your spouse didn’t report all their income; and you were not aware of it and no reason to know about it when you signed the tax return; and it would be unfair to hold you liable for the taxes owed due to your spouse’s error.  If you feel you were deceived by your spouse or tricked into signing a return you thought was correct this will help your case too.  There are many other ways you may be eligible for relief under the IRS’s innocent spouse rules and we can help sort this out and determine the proper path for resolution.


At McCauley Law Offices, P.C., our lawyers will find a solution to your tax problems, no matter how complex your IRS issue is. View our services and contact us (or call 610-388-4474) to schedule a free consultation with one of our tax attorneys. View and purchase Gregory McCauley’s published work “TAXJAMS: Simple Solutions” on Amazon. From our office in Chester County, Pennsylvania, we find tax solutions for clients throughout the country.

 

President of United Auto Workers Union Driven to Crime

Gary Jones, the former president of the international United Auto Workers union pleaded guilty to conspiring to embezzle one million dollars of UAW dues money, to racketeering and to evading taxes.

Jones admitted to conspiring with at least six other high-level UAW executives in a conspiracy to embezzle money over a period of several years. The group concealed personal expenses in the cost of conferences held throughout the country. Between 2010 and 2018 they submitted fraudulent expense forms seeking reimbursements for hundreds of thousands of dollars in UAW funds spent on personal spending and lavish entertainment.  The funds were used to pay for items such as: golf clubs, private villas, golfing apparel, and high-end liquor and meals costing over $750,000. One of the years Jones used UAW money to purchase over $13,000 in cigars.

Jones also admitted to accepting over $60,000 in cash from co-conspirator Edward Robinson, who cashed over $500,000 in fraudulent UAW checks. He is the 14th defendant to be convicted in connection with an ongoing investigation into corruption within the UAW. He faces a maximum of ten years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.


At McCauley Law Offices, P.C., our lawyers will find a solution to your tax problems, no matter how complex your IRS issue is. View our services and contact us (or call 610-388-4474) to schedule a free consultation with one of our tax attorneys. View and purchase Gregory McCauley’s published work “TAXJAMS: Simple Solutions” on Amazon. From our office in Chester County, Pennsylvania, we find tax solutions for clients throughout the country.

Stolen Identity Refund Fraud: The Wrong Way to Do Laundry

There is always someone out to try to game the system.  Over the past several years the IRS has seen tens of thousands of fraudulent returns filed in what they are terming Stolen Identity Refund Fraud.  In essence, criminals obtain Social Security Numbers and proceed to file false tax returns yielding significant refunds.  Unfortunately in most instances the IRS unknowingly issues those refunds to the criminals.  If you are aware of criminal behavior of this sort you may be entitle to compensation under the whistle blower statutes.  Contact McCauley Law Office today to discuss your case.


Armen Martirosyan pled guilty to federal fraud for opening more than a dozen bank accounts he knew would be used to launder tax refunds obtained from false tax returns using stolen identities.  He opened the first account in 2009 and deposited $189,000 from 24 fraudulent tax refunds. Over the years Martirosyan opened a total of 15 bank accounts to launder money from illegal returns and laundered more than $1,866,000 in stolen funds.

Martirosyan was part of a much larger crime ring that used false identities and fake Republic of Armenia passports to open hundreds of bank accounts used to launder funds from false tax returns. The scheme involved approximately 7000 false tax returns that sought almost 38 million dollars in refunds. The IRS issued nearly 14 million dollars in false refunds.  This crime ring included approximately 20 defendants, including ex-Wells Fargo Bank manager Hakop Zakaryan and Glendale lawyer Arthur S. Charchian, who were previously charged in that scheme.

For his part in the scheme Martirosyan faces a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison.


At McCauley Law Offices, P.C., our lawyers will find a solution to your tax problems, no matter how complex your IRS issue is. View our services and contact us (or call 610-388-4474) to schedule a free consultation with one of our tax attorneys. View and purchase Gregory McCauley’s published work “TAXJAMS: Simple Solutions” on Amazon. From our office in Chester County, Pennsylvania, we find tax solutions for clients throughout the country.

COVID-19: IRS Warns of Scammers

The COVID-19 Pandemic has plagued our economy in more ways that one.  Now, scammers have been trying to take advantage our US Citizens seeking relief from the Pandemic.  It is incredibly important to make sure that your tax information is secured.  At McCauley Law we offer services to check your IRS transcripts on a periodic basis to ensure that scammers are not filing false returns on your behalf.


The IRS is warning the public that scammers continue to use the Coronavirus pandemic as  a cover to steal money and personal information.

The IRS has issued several buiiitens on these COVID related tax scams:

One popular scam tries to get victims to pay a fee for their stimulus payment, while another tricks people into giving the scammer their social security number, bank account or government benefits debit card account number.

In May, more than 1200 stimulus related websites were registered. Sixty-seven of them were discovered to be malicious and/or suspicious. During one week in April Google saw more than 18 million malware and phishing emails related to COVID-19 scams, in addition to the 240 million daily spam messages it sees related to the pandemic.

Other schemes include fake at home test kits, fake cures, vaccines, pills and advice on unproven treatments. Some websites claim to sell medical supplies the buyer will never see. Another scam includes bogus opportunities to invest early in companies working on a vaccine.


At McCauley Law Offices, P.C., our lawyers will find a solution to your tax problems, no matter how complex your IRS issue is. View our services and contact us (or call 610-388-4474) to schedule a free consultation with one of our tax attorneys. View and purchase Gregory McCauley’s published work “TAXJAMS: Simple Solutions” on Amazon. From our office in Chester County, Pennsylvania, we find tax solutions for clients throughout the country.