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Businessman Pleads Guilty to Foreign Bribery and Tax Charges

Businessman Pleads Guilty to Foreign Bribery and Tax Charges

The owner of multiple U.S.-based energy companies pleaded guilty to foreign bribery and tax charges for his role in a scheme to corruptly secure energy contracts from Venezuela’s state-owned and state-controlled energy company, Petroleos de Venezuela S.A. (PDVSA).

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Taxpayer Convicted For Not Accurately Reporting Funds Received In Exchange For Sex

Veronica Fairchild was convicted on four counts of filing false tax returns pursuant to 26 U.S.C. 7206 for failing to accurately report the amount of funds she received for sex. The taxpayer appealed the verdict in part because the Court refused her request that the jury be instructed that they must unanimously agree as to person who paid her the funds. The verdict was affirmed.

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Taxpayer's Conviction for Tax Evasion was Affirmed, U. S. v. AGUIRRE, 368 Fed. Appx. 979, LEXIS 5876 (11th Cir. 2010)

Taxpayer appealed his conviction for tax evasion pursuant to 7201 and argued that the IRS introduced improper bad act evidence during the trial in violation of Rule 404(b). The conviction was affirmed.

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Taxpayer Found Guilty of Filing False Claims for Refunds, U. S. v. VALIENTE, LEXIS 17212 (11th Cir. 2010)

Taxpayer was convicted of filing false claims for refunds. Taxpayer entered an agreement with others to file false tax returns claimimg refunds and deposited the refund anticipation loan checks in her bank account.

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Court's Refusal to Give Good Faith Reliance Instriuction Leads to Reversal, U. S. v. KOTTWITZ, 2010-2 U.S. Tax Cases (CCH) P50,573 (11th Cir. 2010)

Defendants were convicted of tax offenses and appealed because the trial court refused to give the jury an instruction on good faith reliance.

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