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Ex-HSBC Whistleblower Released From Custody as EU Campaigns for Stronger Whistleblower Protections

Posted  04/9/18
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team Law360 reports on a former HSBC employee wanted by Switzerland for allegedly leaking information about important clients to tax authorities who was released from custody in Spain. Herve Falciani was arrested last week by Spanish police on an international arrest warrant. Falciani had been sentenced to five years in prison by a Swiss court who tried him in absentia for industrial...

New York Announces Guilty Plea of Restaurateur for Failing to Pay Sales Tax

Posted  02/6/18
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced the guilty plea of Christopher Klee and his business, CKP Holdings, for failing to file numerous sales tax returns and remit over $175,000 in sales tax that was collected at two Sonora’s Mexican Restaurant locations. Klee will be required to pay over $350,000 to the Department of Taxation and Finance for unpaid sales tax,...

2017 Whistleblower of the Year Nominee -- Paradise Papers Whistleblower(s)

Posted  12/22/17
This “Whistleblower Spotlight” features the Paradise Papers leaker(s), an unnamed whistleblower (or whistleblowers) responsible for shining a light on the widespread use of illicit offshore tax havens. The November 2017 exposé revealed where government officials, royalty, entertainers, and powerful corporations store their cash to avoid taxes.  The details are in 13.4 million documents, such as emails and...

Following Panama Papers, EU Investigative Committee Proposes Tougher Tax-Evasion Measures

Posted  12/14/17
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team The European Parliament voted overwhelmingly to adopt over 200 non-binding recommendations proposed by an investigative committee formed in the wake of the explosive Panama Papers leak. The recommendations include new regulations targeting tax avoidance, such as regulating tax intermediaries and expanding protections for tax whistleblowers. The committee also recommended...

New Leak of Documents Exposes Tax Shelters, Other Financial Wrongdoing

Posted  11/9/17
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team The “Paradise Papers,” a leak of financial documents from a Bermuda-based law firm called Appleby, shed light on the use of offshores by some of the world’s wealthiest and most powerful people. This is the world’s second biggest leak of such documents, topped only by lasts year’s “Panama Papers.” The 13.4M files were obtained by a German newspaper and reviewed by the...

New York Announces $13 Million False Claims Settlement

Posted  10/20/17
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office announced “Express Hospitality Group” has agreed to pay $13 million to settle claims initially brought by a whistleblower under New York State’s False Claims Act. Schneiderman also announced the conviction of Yankee Clipper Food Services on felony charges for avoiding New York taxes between 2011 and 2015. “For...

Fraudsters of The Week -- Fred Witmer and Gary Jury, Indiana Executives Convicted of Biofuel Fraud

Posted  07/21/17
This week, a judge sentenced two biodiesel executives to several years in prison for defrauding the federal government’s renewable fuel support and tax credit programs. Fred Witmer and Gary Jury are the co-owners of Indiana-based Triton Energy LLC, a company that purported to produce and sell biofuel for use in transportation.  Instead, the two men used Triton to orchestrate a scheme to fraudulently produce...

Australia's Biggest Tax Fraud Syndicate Brought Down by a Routine Government Inquiry

Posted  05/30/17
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team The largest tax fraud case in Australian history—which has already resulted in the raid of 28 properties, ten arrests, numerous firings, and the discovery of a crime syndicate stretching from top Australian tax officials to struggling drug addicts—was first identified through routine monitoring by the Australian Tax Office (ATO). The discovery came after the syndicate had...

Spanish Court to Question Former HSBC Executives in Tax Probe Triggered by Whistleblower

Posted  05/5/17
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team Spain's High Court is to question seven former executives from HSBC's Swiss private bank as part of an investigation into alleged money laundering and tax fraud triggered by tax information leaks from former employee turned whistleblower Herve Falciani. The court said in a ruling that it had decided to widen the investigation to study the flow of funds from HSBC's Swiss...

NYAG Schneiderman Announces Largest Tax Whistleblower Recovery In Office’s History

Posted  04/18/17
By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team NY Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced a $40 million settlement with Alabama-based Harbert Management Corporation, fund sponsor for Harbinger Capital Partners, a $26 billion hedge fund in NYC, for violations of the tax provisions of the New York False Claims Act. The settlement resolves whistleblower allegations that members of Harbinger’s investment manager failed...