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Financial Fraud: Marc I. Korn Convicted Of Bank Theft And Willful Failure To Pay Tax

Former Owner Of Local Nursing Homes Sentenced On Bank Theft And Tax Charges BUFFALO, N.Y. – U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Marc I. Korn, 62, of East Amherst, NY, who was convicted of bank theft and willful failure to pay tax, was sentenced to serve 18 months in prison by Senior U.S. District Judge William S. Skretny. The defendant will also pay over $2,500,000 in restitution to three different private entities along with approximately $850,000 to the Internal Revenue Service. Assistant U.S. Attorney Elizabeth R. Moellering, who handled the case, stated that Korn was the former owner of the Batavia Nursing Home in Batavia, NY, and the Fairchild Manor Nursing Home in Lewiston, NY. The defendant committed bank theft in connection with his actions concerning a credit card and loan from Fifth Third Bank. He also failed to pay over employment taxes related to his nursing homes over three quarters in 2009. In 2008, Korn sought a loan to refinance the Batavia Nursing Home from Fifth Third Bank. In June 2008, Fifth Third Bank provided $3,900,000 to refinance the nursing home and provided the defendant with a credit card. As part of the application for the loan, Korn submitted a personal financial statement and guaranty on which the bank relied when underwriting the loan. The statement contained numerous falsehoods, including the overvaluation of his primary residence. The defendant stated that the property was valued at $1,465,000 when, at the same time, he was contesting its value with the Town of Amherst for purposes of property taxes, alleging it was worth between $500,000 and $550,000. Additionally, Korn provided the bank with statements of bank accounts that he claimed to own. However those statements also contained falsehoods – including one statement in which the defendant claimed ownership of […]

Tax Fraud: RICHARD JOSEPHBERG Pled Guilty Tax Evasion And Three Counts Of Willful Failure To File Tax Returns

Financial Broker Pleads Guilty In Manhattan Federal Court To Tax Evasion And Failure To File Tax Returns Geoffrey S. Berman, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that RICHARD JOSEPHBERG pled guilty today to one count of tax evasion and three counts of willful failure to file tax returns. In particular, JOSEPHBERG admitted that he deliberately evaded the assessment of hundreds of thousands of dollars in federal income taxes by fraudulently reporting a 2011 commission of approximately $1.5 million as a long-term capital gain, which was taxed at a much lower rate than ordinary income. In addition, he admitted that he willfully failed to timely file any tax returns for the calendar years 2013 through 2015. As part of his plea, JOSEPHBERG agreed to pay at least $1,275,624 in restitution to the IRS and the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance. JOSEPHBERG pled guilty before United States Circuit Judge Richard J. Sullivan. U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman said: “As he admitted, Richard Josephberg defrauded the IRS and evaded taxes by disguising more than $1.5 million in income as long-term capital gain. He also admitted he failed to file tax returns for four years. Now Josephberg awaits sentencing for his multifaceted tax dodge.” According to the Indictment, public filings, and other statements made in open court: JOSEPHBERG was previously convicted in September 2007, in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, of 16 counts of tax fraud and one count of health care fraud, which resulted in a sentence of 50 months in prison and three years’ supervised release. While on supervised release for that conviction, he began engaging in the criminal conduct that formed the basis of today’s plea. Specifically, starting in late 2010, JOSEPHBERG began working for an investor […]
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Tax Fraud: JOSEPH SCALI Was Sentenced For Mail Fraud, Structuring Cash Transactions, Making False Statements

Disbarred Orange County Attorney Sentenced To 7 Years In Prison For Mail Fraud, Tax Evasion, Obstruction Of Justice, Perjury, And Other Crimes Geoffrey S. Berman, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced today that former Orange County attorney JOSEPH SCALI was sentenced to seven years in prison in connection with SCALI’s conviction for mail fraud, structuring cash transactions, making false statements to the IRS, obstructing the IRS, tax evasion, obstruction of justice, and perjury following a four-week jury trial. SCALI was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Nelson S. Román, who presided over the trial. U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman said: “Joseph Scali, a former attorney, was convicted of embezzling $850,000 from his attorney trust account that held third party funds from an uncompleted real estate transaction. Instead of returning the funds – which he was required to do by law – Scali used them on his personal expenses, including sports tickets and international travel. Scali also filed false tax returns and made false sworn statements to the court. Joseph Scali violated his responsibilities as a lawyer and a taxpayer, and now will have seven years in federal prison to reflect on his wide array of financial crimes and failure to act ethically before the court.” According to the Indictment, court filings, and statements made in public court proceedings: From January 2011 through August 2012, SCALI – then a licensed, practicing attorney – perpetrated a scheme to defraud a prospective buyer of land and mineral rights in Pennsylvania. SCALI represented the seller in the land transaction and was entrusted to hold the buyer’s funds in his attorney trust account pending closing, which never took place. Instead of preserving the buyer’s funds and returning them when the transaction fell through, SCALI embezzled $850,000 of the buyer’s […]
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Tax Fraud: Six Defendants Have Been Charged Into Corruption Schemes Allegedly Carried

Federal Charges Allege Corruption Schemes by South Suburban Harvey Officials and Associates CHICAGO — Six defendants have been charged as part of an ongoing federal investigation into corruption schemes allegedly carried out by city of Harvey officials or their associates. Among the defendants are two cousins with high-ranking relatives in Harvey government who allegedly extorted cash from a strip club owner, and two Harvey police officers who allegedly falsified a police report to protect acquaintances from facing firearm charges. Federal law enforcement today executed court-authorized search warrants at two locations in Harvey. Several of the defendants were arrested today and are scheduled to make initial court appearances today at 2:00 p.m. before U.S. Magistrate Judge Maria Valdez in Chicago. The charges were announced by John R. Lausch, Jr., United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois; Jeffrey S. Sallet, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation; Gabriel L. Grchan, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation Division in Chicago; Brad Geary, Special Agent-in-Charge of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Office of Inspector General in Chicago; and Thomas J. Dart, Cook County Sheriff. The Harvey Police Department is cooperating in the investigation. The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Sean J.B. Franzblau, Grayson S. Walker and Brian P. Netols. Criminal complaints unsealed today in federal court in Chicago allege three separate corruption schemes: U.S. v. Kellogg, et al, 19 CR 192 ROMMELL KELLOGG, 66, of Harvey, and COREY JOHNSON, 63, of Harvey, are charged with conspiracy to commit extortion. Kellogg and Johnson are cousins with high-ranking relatives in Harvey government, the complaint states. From 2012 to 2016, Kellogg and Johnson conspired to regularly extort payments from a Harvey strip club owner based on threats that the city would shut […]
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Financial Fraud: James Davis Sentenced Conspiracy, Honest Services Wire Fraud And Filing False Federal Tax Returns

Philadelphia Business Man Sentenced to Prison for Honest Services Fraud, Tax Crimes, and Conspiracy PHILADELPHIA, PA – United States Attorney William M. McSwain announced today that James Davis, the former vendor who operated Sheriff Sales for the Philadelphia Sheriff’s Office, was sentenced today to 121 months’ imprisonment, and ordered to pay $872,395.00 in restitution to the Internal Revenue Service and $1.718,540.00 in forfeiture. The sentence was imposed by United States District Judge Wendy Beetlestone. In April 2018, after a six-week trial, a federal jury convicted Davis of conspiracy, honest services wire fraud, filing false federal tax returns for 2007, and willful failure to file federal tax returns for 2008, 2009, and 2010. The conspiracy and honest services fraud counts charged Davis with defrauding the citizens of Philadelphia of the honest services of the Sheriff of Philadelphia, John Green, from 2002 to 2011, by giving Green a hidden stream of personal benefits in exchange for Davis and his companies maintaining and receiving increased business and fees from the Sheriff’s Office. The indictment charged Davis with (1) purchasing, renovating and selling a home to Green at a loss to Davis in 2002 and 2003, which was not reported on Green’s financial disclosure forms; (2) hiring and paying Green’s wife over $89,000 as a subcontractor from 2004 through 2010, which was not reported to the City; (3) facilitating over $65,000 in hidden campaign contributions to Green’s 2007 reelection campaign, which was not reported in Green’s campaign reports; (4) paying $148,000 in advertising for Green’s 2007 reelection campaign, which was not reported in Green’s campaign reports; and (5) giving Green, in 2010, $320,000 as gifts and interest-free loans to help Green purchase a retirement home in Florida. In exchange, Green helped Davis maintain and increase his business with the Sheriff’s Office. “The citizens of […]

Financial Fraud: Robert Holcomb Sentenced For Stealing the Identities And Using Them To Open Bank Accounts As Part Of a Long-Running Tax Fraud Scheme

San Marcos Man Sentenced to 46 Months in Prison for Stealing the Identities of Charities as Part of a Tax-Fraud Scheme Assistant U.S. Attorneys Daniel Zipp (619) 546-8463 and Seth Askins (619) 546-6692 SAN DIEGO – Robert Holcomb, 53, was sentenced in federal court today to 46 months’ custody and ordered to pay a fine of $600,000, for misappropriating the identities of charities and using them to open bank accounts as part of a long-running tax fraud scheme. Holcomb, who appeared before U.S. District Court Judge William Q. Hayes, was convicted by a federal jury on July 20, 2018 of four counts of making false statements to a financial institution. According to the evidence presented at trial, Holcomb held himself out as an “asset protection” specialist who had the ability to use charitable trust accounts to reduce the tax liability of clients. Holcomb convinced his clients to forward him the profits from their businesses, which he then cycled through a series of bank accounts—with names that sounded like charities—and then returned the funds, minus a commission, with the assurance that they no longer constituted taxable income. Holcomb’s clients then filed tax returns that substantially underreported their true income, resulting in millions of dollars in lost income to the IRS. Over the course of a decade, Holcomb transferred more than $12 million in otherwise taxable income through his accounts, collecting “commissions” from his clients of more than $1 million dollars. In 2011, after a number of Holcomb’s bank accounts were frozen, he was forced to open dozens of new accounts to keep the tax-evasion scheme operating. To do so, Holcomb began creating corporate entities whose names matched those of existing charities; misappropriating the taxpayer identification information from those charities; and then using their names and identification numbers to open new bank […]

Financial Fraud: Six Chinese Charged With Conspiring To Traffic Contraband Cigarettes

Six Individuals Charged With Conspiring To Traffic More Than $30 Million Of Contraband Cigarettes Geoffrey S. Berman, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Philip R. Bartlett, Inspector-in-Charge of the New York Office of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service (“USPIS”), Angel M. Melendez, the Special Agent-in-Charge of the New York Field Office of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (“HSI”), Matthew Modafferi, Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Postal Service, Office of Inspector General, Northeast Area Field Office (“USPS-OIG”), and Joseph Fucito, New York City Sheriff, announced today the unsealing of an Indictment in Manhattan federal court charging SHAO JUN GUO, JIAN JIANG FENG, YUE JUAN CHEN, ZHURONG GAO, SHUI YING LIN, and WO KIT CHENG with conspiring to traffic contraband cigarettes and trafficking contraband cigarettes. The defendants were arrested yesterday and will be presented before U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert W. Lehrburger today. The case is assigned to U.S. District Judge Jesse M. Furman. The defendants will be arraigned before Judge Furman on January 31, 2019, at 11:00 a.m. As alleged in the Indictment, SHAO JUN GUO, JIAN JIANG FENG, YUE JUAN CHEN, ZHURONG GAO, SHUI YING LIN, and WO KIT CHENG conspired to traffic more than $30 million of contraband cigarettes to avoid approximately $30 million in taxes. The case is assigned to United States District Judge Jesse M. Furman. U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman said: “As alleged, the defendants trafficked in massive quantities of contraband cigarettes, defrauding city, state, and federal governments of millions of dollars in tax revenue. That is lost tax revenue that would be used to fund research into cancer and other smoking-related illnesses, and to fund cessation and anti-smoking programs. These defendants’ alleged scheme to make millions, cheat taxing authorities, and deny funds for healthcare programs has gone up […]

Tax Fraud: ANTHONY MARRACCINI Pled Guilty To Tax Evasion

Former Harrison Police Chief Pleads Guilty To Tax Evasion Evaded More than $782,000 in Federal Income Tax by Failing to Report More than $2.5 Million in Revenue from 2011 through 2016 Geoffrey S. Berman, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and Jonathan D. Larsen, the Acting Special Agent in Charge of the New York Field Office of the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation (“IRS-CI”), announced that ANTHONY MARRACCINI pled guilty today to tax evasion before U.S. District Judge Kenneth M. Karas in White Plains federal court. U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman said: “As he admitted in court today, former Harrison Police Chief Anthony Marraccini failed to report more than $2.5 million he earned through his ownership of a construction company and several rental properties. At a time when he was the top law enforcement officer in Harrison, Marraccini broke the law and evaded more than $780,000 in income taxes. Sworn officers of the law should be held to a higher standard. At a bare minimum, they should be expected to obey the law.” IRS-CI Acting Special Agent in Charge Jonathan D. Larsen said: “As the Chief of Police for the Town of Harrison, Anthony Marraccini held a position of trust in the eyes of the public. That trust was broken when he decided to commit a serious tax felony. The laws of the land apply to everybody, regardless of position or power. IRS-CI special agents will continue their work to ensure that everybody pays their fair share.” According to the allegations contained in the Information: During the relevant time period of 2011 to 2016, MARRACCINI was the Chief of Police for the Town of Harrison, New York. MARRACCINI also owned and operated Coastal Construction Associates LLC (“Coastal Construction”), a construction business, and was also employed […]

Financial Fraud: George Gilmore Tax Evasion, Filing False Tax Returns, Failing to Pay Over Payroll Taxes

Ocean County Attorney Charged with Tax Evasion, Filing False Tax Returns, Failing to Pay Over Payroll Taxes, and Making False Statements on Loan Application TRENTON, N.J. – A federal grand jury today indicted a partner at an Ocean County law firm for evasion of taxes totaling more than $1 million; filing false income tax returns; failing to pay over payroll taxes to the IRS; and making false statements on a bank loan application, First Assistant U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig announced. George Gilmore, 69, of Toms River, New Jersey, was charged in a six-count indictment with one count of income tax evasion for calendar years 2013, 2014, and 2015; two counts of filing false tax returns for calendar years 2013 and 2014; failing to collect, account for, and pay over payroll taxes for two quarters in 2016, and making false statements on a 2015 loan application submitted to Ocean First Bank N.A. According to documents filed in this case: Gilmore worked as an equity partner and shareholder at Gilmore & Monahan P.A., a law firm in Toms River, where he exercised primary control over the firm’s financial affairs. Gilmore filed on behalf of himself and his spouse federal income tax returns declaring that he owed $493,526 for calendar year 2013, $321,470 for 2014, and $311,287 for 2015. Despite admitting that he owed taxes for each of these years, Gilmore made no estimated tax payments and failed to pay the federal individual income taxes that he owed. Rather, between January 2014 and December 2016, Gilmore spent more than $2.5 million on personal expenses, including substantial home remodeling costs, vacations, and the acquisition of antiques, artwork, and collectibles. By Dec. 31, 2016, based on the tax due and owing that Gilmore reported on the returns, he owed the IRS $1,520,329 in taxes, […]

Tax Fraud: MICHAEL GYURE Pled Guilty To Filing False Federal Income Tax Returns

Executive Director Of Private Club Pleads Guilty In Manhattan Federal Court To Filing False Tax Returns Tax Returns Failed to Disclose Approximately $433,000 in Personal Expenses and Other Benefits Provided to Executive Director by the Club Geoffrey S. Berman, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and William Cheung, the Acting Special Agent in Charge of the New York Field Office of the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation (“IRS-CI”), announced that MICHAEL GYURE, the executive director of a private club in Manhattan, pled guilty today to filing false federal income tax returns. GYURE pled guilty before U.S. District Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald. Manhattan U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman said: “As he admitted in court today, while serving as the executive director of a private club in Manhattan, Michael Gyure ripped off the IRS. Gyure’s filing of false tax returns is no laughing matter, and he now awaits sentencing for this crime.” IRS-CI Acting Special Agent in Charge William Cheung said: “Gyure’s attempt to evade tax by filing false tax returns was a theft from the American public. It is a felony that carries severe consequences. As we start the tax filing season, it is a timely reminder of the overarching principle of IRS’s enforcement strategy: We protect the integrity of the tax system by ensuring everyone pays the right amount of tax.” According to allegations contained in the Information to which GYURE pled guilty and other documents filed in federal court, as well as statements made in public court proceedings: At all times relevant to the conduct outlined in the Information, GYURE was the executive director of a private club (the “Club”) located in Manhattan. In 2012, GYURE entered into an employment agreement with the Club entitling him to the payment of certain personal expenses. Between […]

Financial Fraud: Scott Charles Maddox And Janice Paige Carter-Smith Have Been Indicted In a Forty-Four Count Indictment For Conspiring To Operate a Racketeering Enterprise

Tallahassee City Commissioner and Political Consultant Charged in Racketeering Conspiracy TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA – Tallahassee City Commissioner Scott Charles Maddox, 50, and Tallahassee political consultant Janice Paige Carter-Smith, 53, both of Tallahassee, have been indicted in a forty-four count indictment for…