This week, the case of a South Florida fraud defendant serves as a reminder of the need to consult carefully with experienced counsel at every step of a government investigation. Although the defendant tried to plead guilty to the government's charges and asked to remain free on bail until sentencing in February, the judge sent him to jail immediately. This decision involved a separate civil case against the same defendant.
Many times prosecutors in Florida will use evidence of fraud, such as mail fraud or tax fraud, in order to avoid having to prosecute someone on charges that are either more difficult to prove which have less likelihood of a conviction or which cannot be charged in federal court.
The U.S. government has recently been increasing its efforts to combat tax evasion involving offshore bank accounts. Thus, being accused of hiding an offshore account from the IRS can have severe consequences for a U.S. taxpayer. A taxpayer can face serious penalties if he or she is convicted of committing this type of tax crime.
Sometimes, tax evasion cases will end with a plea agreement being reached, rather than a trial. These agreements generally involve prosecutors promising some form of leniency, such as a dropping of certain charges or a lower sentence recommendation, in exchange for a suspect submitting a guilty plea. Recently, a plea agreement was reached in a criminal tax case involving a man who has a career as a rapper and an actor.
Facing criminal tax charges can have major repercussions on a person's life. This can be seen in the case of a South Carolina man who recently began a prison sentence for tax evasion.
This week, a federal judge announced a sentence in a Florida fraud case involving an arms deal with the Pentagon.