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Tag: tax evasion

Prosecutors: How Manafort Evaded Taxes, Falsified Records to Finance ‘Extravagant Lifestyle’

Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort.

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

Special counsel prosecutors on Friday shifted from Paul Manafort’s “extravagant lifestyle” to how he allegedly evaded taxes and falsified his bookkeeping to obtain loans used to finance his expensive tastes for clothes and real estate.

Manafort, who served as Trump’s campaign chairman during the election, is accused of hiding millions of dollars in secret, off-short bank accounts from profits he made working with a Russia-friendly Ukrainian political party, the Washington Post reports

Manafort is charged with 18 counts of tax fraud, banking crimes and conspiracy.

Friday was the fourth day of the criminal trial in Alexandria, Va.

In testimony early Friday, prosecutors sought to show how Manafort lied about the existence of off-shore accounts.

Tax preparer Philip Ayliff testified that Manafort claimed numerous times that he had no foreign bank accounts.

In an email from Ayliff to Manafort, the tax preparer asked Manafort if he had any interested in a foreign bank account, and Manafort responded that he didn’t.

“They never told us about any income that was deposited in foreign accounts,” he said.

If convicted, the 69-year-old Manafort could spend the rest of his life in prison.

New York Congressman Under Federal Indictment Kept His FBI Alias And Phone After Leaving Bureau

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Embattled U.S. Rep. Michael Grimm, who is under federal indictment, retained his alter ego – Mikey Suits – from when he was working undercover for the FBI.

While prosecutors were seeking a court order to track the Staten Island Republican’s cell phone, they discovered that Grimm kept a cell phone registered to “Michael Garibaldi of Centurian Consulting,”  the New York Daily News reports.

Grimm even used the number as his primary phone up until at least last year.

Grimm is accused of tax evasion and employing undocumented immigrants at his health food restaurant in New York.

His FBI alias is more than six years old, when he was portraying a shady Wall Street trader with spiffy suits.

Congressman Grimm, a former FBI Agent, Barred from Entering Bureau’s Field Offices

Rep. Michael Grimm

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

U.S. Rep. Michael Grimm, who used to serve as an FBI agent, has been banned from the bureau’s New York field offices, DNAinfo New York reports.

Just in case Grimm shows up, security posted Grimm’s photo at the offices in Lower Manhattan and Queens.

“He is not welcome,” a former top FBI official said.

Another source added: “He is not permitted in our space.”

Grimm, who has denied any wrongdoing, was charged last week in a 20-count federal indictment accusing him of  cheating on his taxes and sheltering $1 million in revenue from a New York City restaurant that he had owned, called “Healthalicious.”

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FBI: Fugitive Tax Cheats Built Massive Bunker in Washington to Avoid Detection

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A pair of fugitive tax scofflaws secretly built an elaborate bunker at the Washington state home.

The New York Daily News reports that Radu Nemes and his wife, Diana, were arrested in March on accusations of conspiring to hide at least $68 million in taxes.

The pair have not been charged with a crime and are now facing extradition hearings.

The FBI described a cross-continental money laundering scheme to conceal money made from a tax scam that involved profits from selling one million tons of diesel fuel.

By reporting it as a lower quality gas, they pair is accused of avoiding tariffs.

Fundraiser for Ex-Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick Pleads Guilty

Ex-Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick

Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

Another person close to former Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick has fallen.

Longtime fundraiser for the “hip hop mayor” Emma Bell  pleaded guilty Monday in U.S. District Court in Detroit to tax evasion, admitting that she received more than half a million dollars from various campaign fundraisers and never reported the money to the IRS, federal authorities said. Bell has agreed to cooperate with the feds for a lower sentence.

Bell described the last year of her life as hell, according to the Detroit Free Press. “After all of this time, I think it’s the right thing to do. It’s a lot of pressure on you,” she said of her guilt plea.

The statutory maximum sentence Bell is facing runs up to ten years in prison or a fine of $500,000, or both, but, because of her cooperation, prosecutors are recommending the sentence be lowered to 18 months, according to an FBI press release.

The guilty plea is more bad news for Kilpatrick, who faces a host of public corruption charges in federal court.

Last month, Derrick Miller, 41, a Kilpatrick confidante who worked as the city’s Chief Administrative Officer, pleaded guilty to corruption and tax charges and agreed to cooperate and testify for the feds against Kilpatrick.

 

U.S. Atty in NY May Indict Afghan President’s Brother

afghanistan mapBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — The feds in New York are considering indicting Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s brother — a U.S. citizen who used to reside in Maryland — on tax evasion, the Washington Post reports.

The Post, which contact brother Mahmoud Karzai by phone for comment, quoted him as saying he had not been contacted by U.S. authorities and “I know myself. I’m very clean.”

The Post, quoting a source familiar with the investigation, said Mahmoud Karzai is expected to be indicted, but “The $64,000 question is when.”

Karzai, a former Baltimore restaurant owner, may face tax charges as a result of the sale of his luxury villa in the Gulf emirate in 2008, the Post reported.

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Detroit Political Consultant Sam Riddle Gets 37 Months

Sam Riddle/facebook

Sam Riddle/facebook

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Detroit political consultant Sam Riddle, who created drama by defying court gag orders and posting comments on Twitter and Facebook, was hit Wednesday with a 37 months federal sentence for bribery and extortion, the Detroit News reported.

Riddle, 64, admitted bribing former Southfield City Councilman William Lattimore, tax evasion and extorting businesses when he worked for the now imprisoned Detroit City Council Member Monica Conyers, wife of Rep. John Conyers (D-Mi.) She was convicted on public corruption charges.

He vowed to return to politics and teach a new generation to avoid mistakes, the News reported.

“You can shackle my arms, you can shackle my feet, but you can’t shackle my soul,” he said, according to the News

Court of Appeals Upholds Actor Wesley Snipes’ Tax Conviction and Prison Term

Wesley Snipes

Wesley Snipes

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Actor Wesley Snipes is still in big trouble.

The U.S. Court of Appeals in Atlanta has  refused to overturn his conviction and three year prison term for tax evasion, Courthouse News Service reported. He was convicted of failing to file tax returns from 1999 to 2001. An investigative report alleged that he tried hiding assets in foreign accounts.

Courthouse News Service reported that Snipes claimed in his appeal that the trial should have been held in New York, not Florida, and he should have gotten probation, not prison time.

“Although Snipes argues that there were mitigating factors that the judge did not specifically mention at sentencing, these facts – his college education, his family, and his charitable activities – do not compel the conclusion that the sentence … as substantively unreasonable,” Judge Stanley Marcus wrote, according to the news service.

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