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Canada Makes First Securities Fraud Whistleblower Award

Posted  03/6/19
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The Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) announced last week roughly CAD $7.5 million in whistleblower awards to three individuals who reported violations of Ontario securities laws.  The awards are the first ever by a Canadian securities regulator.  In keeping with its commitment to protecting the confidentiality of whistleblowers, the OSC did not disclose any information that might reveal the whistleblowers'...

March 1, 2019

The owner of a mental health clinic in North Carolina was sentenced to 5 years in prison for submitting about $4 million in false claims and evading almost $400,000 in unpaid taxes over the course of four years. Using patient information provided to her by co-defendant Haydn Thomas, who was employed as an office manager for an oral surgeon, Catinia Denise Farrington of Durham County Mental Health and Behavioral Health Services, LLC allegedly submitted thousands of false claims to Medicaid for services that were not performed. In addition to her prison sentence, Farrington has been ordered to pay restitution of about $4 million to NC Fund for Medical Assistance and almost $400,000 to the IRS for paying personal expenses out of business accounts into which she has transferred her fraudulently obtained gains. Her co-defendant faces sentencing later this month. DOJ; USAO MDNC

February 14, 2019

Adam Van Pelt of Houston, Texas, who owned Stat Source, Inc., has been sentenced to nearly three years in prison and ordered to pay restitution of $20 million for failing to pay over more than $20 million in employment taxes to the IRS over the course of 18 quarters between 2011 and 2015.  USAO SD TX

February 1, 2019

Brian Gimelson of New Jersey was sentenced to 18 months in prison for tax evasion, after pleading guilty for concealing $1.2 million in income he received as fees for the sale of a painting purportedly by the Italian Renaissance painter Caravaggio.  Gimelson directed the fee income to a company he created in his wife's name, and further directed his wife to make cash withdrawals from the account.  DOJ

February 1, 2019

Ali Jama, co-owner of Alpha Star Health Care Inc., was sentenced to 18 months in prison for health care fraud and tax fraud schemes against Medicare and Medicaid. Jama billed the government for services performed by unqualified individuals with criminal backgrounds who were prohibited from providing direct care. Jama also billed for services provided by untrained home health aides and provided false documents and false records for his taxes to reduce his company’s tax liability from approximately $680,000 to $81,000. Jama has been ordered to forfeit $300,000 and pay $392,000 in restitution to Medicaid. He must also pay the IRS $311,000 in restitution. DOJ

Top Ten Tax Recoveries of 2018

Posted  01/18/19
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Tax fraud and tax evasion can take many forms, but there is one constant: when entities and individuals pay less tax than they owe, they are cheating the system. Bringing cases against companies and individuals that cheat the system is central to the Internal Revenue Service's mission. Tax fraud may also give rise to a claim under the IRS Whistleblower Reward Program, which pays eligible whistleblowers 15 to 30% of...

January 14, 2019

FedEx will pay $35.3 million to the State of New York to resolve lawsuits alleging that FedEx knew it was illegally shipping hundreds of thousands of untaxed cigarettes directly to New York residents on behalf of cigarette traffickers. FedEx also agreed to implement specific internal compliance procedures and make ongoing reports to the State.  NY

December 21, 2018

Sprint Communications will pay $330 million to the State of New York to resolve claims that for nearly a decade Sprint knowingly failed to collect and remit more than $100 million in state and local sales taxes owed on flat-rate wireless calling plans sold by Spriint to New York customers.  The investigation was initiated by a whistleblower lawsuit filed under the New York False Claims Act, which allows whistleblowers to bring claims based on a failure to pay taxes.  The unnamed whistleblower will receive $62.7 million of the settlement.  NY AG

D.C. Council Testimony

Posted  12/20/18
CC Attorney Michael Ronickher
Whistleblower attorney Michael Ronickher delivered testimony supporting a bill in the D.C. Council that would permit tax cases under the District’s False Claims Act. Read his original and supplemental written testimony.

December 19, 2018

The U.S. has filed a complaint to bar EcoVest Capital, Inc. and associated individuals from continued activities related to the defendants' allegedly abusive conservation easement syndication tax scheme.  As set forth in the complaint, taxpayers may take a "qualified conservation contribution" deduction equivalent to the fair market value of a conservation easement, but only if certain requirements with respect to the donation of an interest in property for conservation purposes are satisfied. The defendants allegedly have organized, promoted, and sold ownership interests in at least 96 sham “conservation easement syndicates” which lack economic substance.  The syndicates have reported over $2 billion in improper tax deductions, resulting in hundreds of millions in tax underpayments.   DOJ
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