Bogus tax returns

Accountants Behaving Badly: Drugs and Sex Trafficking, Bookkeeper Busted for Embezzlement, Visa Fraud

Plus, a bunch of tax preparers are going to be spending some quality time in jail. Kentucky man charged with sex trafficking, drug conspiracy [Associated Press] Mark Milslagle, a former Kentucky accountant accused of paying for sex with young women who were addicted to drugs, faces federal conspiracy charges. Milslagle, 49, was charged on Nov. […]

Accountants Behaving Badly: Jailed Over Ponzi Scheme, Firm Fined In Pot Bust, Embezzlement Admission

Plus, tax preparers plead guilty to preparing fraudulent returns, and the owner of a tax preparation business failed to file his own taxes. Gambling accountant gets 14 years for $396M Ponzi scheme [Law360] Texas CPA Jay Ledford will serve 14 years in federal prison for his supporting role in a Ponzi scheme that netted $396 […]

Accountants Behaving Badly: Train Station Turd, College Crook, Fake CPA’s Fraud

Plus, a New South Wales accountant got jail time for stealing moola from clients, and a Texas tax preparer is going to prison for a while for defrauding the U.S. Drunk trainee accountant who pushed man onto Tube tracks has sentence increased [The Times] Mathuram Muthuraja, a trainee accountant who drunkenly pushed another man onto […]

Accountants Behaving Badly: Rogue Tax Preparers, Suzuki Theft, Kiddie Porn

Plus, Filipino accountant gets jail time for embezzlement, and a CFO will spend time in a Canadian prison for stealing money to fund her opioid addiction. Former New Haven tax preparer pleads guilty [Justice Department] Devon Williams pleaded guilty on Oct. 2 to one count of aiding and assisting the preparation of a false tax […]

Accountants Behaving Badly: Big 4 Scammer, Dude Got His Nads Cut Off, Refund Stealing

Plus, accountant sentenced to seven years in jail for fraud, and church-swindling accountant gets sentenced to three months in prison. Accountant tricked girlfriend out of thousands in cancer scam [Accountancy Daily] Badal Arun Hindocha, who cheated his Internet girlfriend out of £4,300 by claiming he was dying from stomach cancer, received a suspended jail sentence […]

Accountants Behaving Badly: FUBARed Over FBARs, Fake Returns, Landscaping Larceny

You are probably having a better Labor Day than these six accountants. Former CPA indicted for failing to report foreign bank accounts and filing false documents with the IRS [Justice Department] Ex-CPA Brian Booker was charged by a federal grand jury on Aug. 27 with failing to file Reports of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts […]

Accountants Behaving Badly: Fraudsters Go to Court and Prison Time For Stalking Ex

Plus, a Maryland CPA and a California CPA both get jail time for embezzlement. Newton accountant charged with wire fraud and filling false tax return [U.S. Justice Department] Jeffrey Kellem, an accountant from Newton, MA, was charged with four counts of wire fraud and one count of filing a false tax return on Aug. 5 […]

Accountants Behaving Badly: Form 941 Shenanigans, Embezzlement, Stealing From Mom

Here are some accountants who failed badly at being a trusted advisor. Delaware County accountant charged with multiple tax offenses [Justice Department] Myles Hannigan, an accountant from Newtown Square, PA, was charged by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania on July 3 with one count of obstructing the due administration of […]

Accountants Behaving Badly: Beating Up Ex-Wife, Tax Crimes, Stealing Lots of Money

Spend some time this Memorial Day remembering those who died serving our country and reading about how awful some people in your profession really are. Asian accountant smashed ex-wife’s head against a car outside David Lloyd centre and called her a ‘bacon basher’ after she began dating a white man who worked at their lettings […]

Accountants Behaving Badly: Busted with Meth, Stealing From Clients, Bank Fraud

A look at the best of the worst accountant malfeasance around the globe over the past week or so. British accountant, 47, faces the death penalty in the Philippines ‘after being caught with meth in a drugs raid’ [Daily Mail] Philip Joseph was in a flat with two locals when police burst through the door […]

NBA Player Zaza Pachulia’s Former Accountant Pleads Guilty to Identity Theft, Probably Never Will Have Basketball Clients Again

In dubious accountant news, Randy Usow of Mequon, Wis., has agreed to plead guilty to one count of theft of government property and one count of identity theft after stealing more than $800,000 by submitting fraudulent tax returns in the name of NBA player Zaza Pachulia and his wife, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported. Pachulia, […]

Feds Not Amused by Area Man’s Crank Calls to Coast Guard, Filing of Tax Returns for Hookers

So. You’re 22 years old, you operate an Internet escort service out of your house and you’re feeling a little bored. What’s a man-child to do?

Well, making the assumption that you spend a lot of your spare time watching old Crank Yankers episodes, you might ring up the Coast Guard and tell them a shuttle at the Kennedy Space Center is about to be under attack.

Or if that doesn’t get the fired stoked in your plums, try calling them up again to say that your yacht is sinking off the coast of New York with ’10 souls’ on board.

Yeah! That’s the ticket:

Nicholas Barbati of Daytona Beach twice made the U.S. Coast Guard scramble to check out false information he gave them on separate occasions — including reports of a threat from the sea headed for a space shuttle about to take off from the Kennedy Space Center, federal officials said Tuesday.

Barbati, 22, also called the Coast Guard in Washington, D.C., to tell them his 32-foot yacht was sinking off the coast of New York, investigators said.

Oh. And about those escorts, “Barbati pleaded guilty to the two hoax cases in August, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said. Then, in October, Barbati pleaded guilty to filing false claims with the IRS. He filed income tax returns for prostitutes employed by his Internet escort service operating out of his house, investigators said.”

Now you may be thinking that Barbati was just a little mischievous and he just made some poor decisions. Let us dispel that notion from your head right now:

Barbati’s computer was seized and it showed Barbati had made 584 other harassing and hoax calls. Between May and June 2009, Barbati made “swatting” calls to law enforcement dispatch centers around the world so dispatchers could not identify where the calls came from, investigators said.

In one case, Barbati told dispatchers he was going to kill a baby if the police did not arrive soon and gave a fictitious address, the release said.

But back to the hookers for second – if you’re going to provide employer-prepared tax returns, the least you could do is prepare the them accurately. You don’t want the Better Business Bureau on your case.

Prank calls to Coast Guard, dispatch centers land man in federal prison [DBNJ]

Houston Tax Prep Shop Duped Homeless People into Taking Free Cash

If somebody is handing out free money, why would you ask questions?


Some favorite moments:

Homeless dude: “Here’s a stack of cash. It’s yours.”

Homeless dude: “Boom, it sounds good, so you’re going to jump on it.”

Tax worker: “Your return is $1,266.”
Homeless person: “How can that be?”
Tax worker: “Um, uh, for housekeeping.”
Homeless person: “This isn’t going to get me in trouble or anything?”
Tax worker: “Nuh uh (no), because it was cash, you know, you could have done housekeeping at your friends, family.”

Reporter: “You had no idea this was going on?
Dubious businessman: “No sir.”
Reporter: “And you expect us to believe that?”
Dubious businessman: “Yes.”
Reporter: “And you expect our viewers to believe that?
Dubious businessman: “Yes.”

Houston tax office filing bogus returns for homeless people to make big bucks [KHOU.com]

IRS Agent Who Threw Temper Tantrum Faces 55 Years for Threatening Treasury Agents, Filing False Returns

Last summer we told you about an IRS agent who threw a temper tantrum after threatening to kill Treasury Agents they showed up to search his home.

Just briefly refresh, after the agents stopped Albert Bront from going back into his house, where he kept three loaded guns (no doubt they were Remingtons), he was shoved into the back of the car where “he kicked the front seat of the law enforcement vehicle and pounded the door with his elbow.”


Besides the small matter of telling Federal Agents that ‘I’m Going to Kill All of You!’ Bront has also been indicted for filing false returns and helping others file false tax returns. Web CPA reports that he is convicted on all 16 counts in the indictment he faces 55 years in adult prison.

While we are firmly against the violence, we fully support seat kicking, foot stomping, pouting and all around conniption fits for those that feel wronged by the IRS. At the very least, it’s more effective than marching on the Internet.

IRS Agent Indicted for Threatening Investigators [Web CPA]