A Secret Service investigation in another state may leave retailers in Pittsburgh wondering what the federal government expects them to do as far as detecting possible tax fraud among their customers. The owner of a mall kiosk in another state has had nearly $380,000 seized by the federal government that investigators say was spent by customers who had illicitly obtained tax refunds that did not belong to them.
A former employee of a western Pennsylvania natural gas drilling company is accused of helping a company executive commit embezzlement. The defendant is also charged with tax fraud and mail fraud. Prosecutors claim the conspiracy went on for several years. If convicted of these white collar charges, the woman could face decades in prison.
In most cases where a person has been charged with a crime, there comes a time when the person and his or her attorney will discuss how they plan to plead. The question can be as simple as whether or not the accused person did what the government says he or she did, but often the issue is more complicated than that. For example, the prosecutor may have offered a plea bargain that includes the defendant pleading guilty in exchange for a lesser criminal penalty than he or she might risk getting at trial.
A Pittsburgh-area man who is charged with tax fraud is asking the federal court to dismiss the charges against him because the prosecutor assigned to his case was privy to private conversations between himself and a prospective defense attorney. Some outside observers agree that the U.S. Attorney Office's made a "dysfunctional" decision to have the prosecutor take the case despite the apparent conflict of interest.
A professional tax preparer from western Pennsylvania who was charged in March 2011 with preparing fraudulent returns for some of his clients has pleaded guilty to one count of tax fraud. As part of the plea deal, the court sentenced the man to six months of home confinement and three years of probation, but he will not serve prison time as he could have been sentenced to if convicted at trial.
A Pittsburgh-area businessman under indictment for tax fraud is asking the federal judge overseeing the case to disqualify the prosecutors from the local U.S. Attorney's Office from trying his case because one of the attorneys heard him give "confidential information related directly" to the case when she was working for a private firm.
Tax evasion is a serious charge. Depending on the circumstances surrounding allegations of tax evasion, the government could pursue a fine or penalty. Unfortunately for some people, like a co-defendant in an ongoing tax evasion case in Pennsylvania, criminal charges are filed.
A fraud investigation has led to state charges and the possibility of federal charges being filed against a Pennsylvania couple. The 36-year-old husband and his 35-year-old wife ran a tax preparation service and they now stand accused of pocketing a portion of their client's tax refunds.