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Criminal Tax Verdicts & Successes

Tax Evasion Probe Ends with No Criminal Charges

A North Carolina man is sleeping a little easier tonight after Special Agents from the Criminal Investigations Section of the North Carolina Department of Revenue advised his attorney that they were ending their investigation with no criminal charges. The man was suspected of failing to report millions of dollars of taxable income and overstating his business expenses. The man was represented by Douglas E. Kingsbery of Tharrington Smith, LLP.

IRS Criminal Investigation Closed with No Criminal Charge

Special Agents from the IRS Criminal Investigation Division have notified a North Carolina woman that they are dropping their criminal investigation of her tax preparation business. The agents had investigated the case for more than eleven months and had served multiple federal grand jury subpoenas. The woman was represented by Douglas E. Kingsbery of Tharrington Smith, LLP.

4th Time’s the Charm

After three different lawyers advised him to plead guilty to felony tax charges, a North Carolina businessman finally found an attorney who believed the man had a defensible case. After months of pretrial wrangling, prosecutors decided to drop all felony charges in exchange for a misdemeanor plea and a suspended sentence. The businessman was represented by Douglas E. Kingsbery of Tharrington Smith, LLP.

Treasury Department Drops Investigation of NC Taxpayer for years 2013-2017

Investigation Dropped: Special Agents with the Criminal Investigation Division of the IRS had suspected that the taxpayer had concealed taxable income from the IRS during tax years 2013-2017.

IRS Criminal Investigation Division Drops Investigation of NC Business Owner

IRS advises North Carolina businessman it dropped criminal investigation of both the personal income and business tax returns for the years 2012-2015 of NC Business Owner

Jury Trial of Business Manager Accused in Employee Withholding Tax Scheme Ends with Dismissal of all Felony Charges

The jury trial of a Business Manager accused in an employee withholding tax scheme ended abruptly on the fourth day of trial after the judge granted a defense motion to dismiss most of the case. After the court announced its ruling, the Prosecutor agreed to dismiss the remaining felony charges in exchange for the Business Manager’s acceptance of a misdemeanor. Jurors later informed the Prosecutor that they were going to acquit the Business Manager. The Business Manager was represented by Douglas E. Kingsbery of Tharrington Smith, LLP.

Criminal Sales Tax Investigation Closed with No Charges Filed

Special Agents from the Criminal Investigations Section of the NC Department of Revenue announced that they had closed their investigation of a North Carolina business owner. The owner waås suspected of embezzling N.C. Sales and Use Taxes collected over a three yeåar period. The business owner was represented by Douglas E. Kingsbery of Tharrington Smith, LLP.

No Charges Against Business Owner Accused of Failing to Remit Sales and Use Taxes

Special Agents from the Criminal Investigation Section of the NC Department of Revenue announced today that a NC business owner under investigation for embezzlement of NC Sales and Use Taxes would be spared prosecution of those charges. The business owner was represented by Douglas E. Kingsbery of Tharrington Smith, LLP. -February 9, 2017

Felony Tax Charges Against Taxpayer Dismissed

Prosecutors announced this week that they were dismissing all 5 felony tax counts that had been filed against a North Carolina taxpayer. The taxpayer’s attorney was able to successfully convince the prosecutors that the alleged criminal conduct was in fact entirely lawful. The taxpayer was represented by Douglas E. Kingsbery of Tharrington Smith, LLP.

Federal Grand Jury Investigation Closed With No Charges Filed

A Federal Grand Jury investigation in the Middle District of North Carolina has ended with no charges being brought against a North Carolina businessman. The investigation, which lasted nearly two years, centered on allegations that the taxpayer had concealed hundreds of thousands of dollars in taxable income over several years. The taxpayer was represented by Douglas E. Kingsbery of Tharrington Smith, LLP.

No Charges Filed Against Small Business Owner

Special Agents from the N.C. Department of Revenue have announced that no criminal charges will be filed against a Raleigh, N.C. small business owner. The Special Agents had been investigating the business owner for failing to remit employment tax withholdings to the N.C. Department of Revenue. The business owner was represented by Douglas E. Kingsbery of Tharrington Smith, LLP.

N.C. Business Woman Spared Prison in Tax Evasion Scheme

A North Carolina businesswoman was sentenced to probation earlier this month after admitting to evading payment of $365,000 in taxes. The case was heard in the United States District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina. The government argued for an active prison sentence, and supported the U.S. Probation Office’s conclusion that the advisory guidelines for the Defendant was 24-30 months of active imprisonment. The Defendant was represented by Douglas E. Kingsbery of Tharrington Smith, LLP in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Felony Charges Dropped to Misdemeanors on Eve of Trial

A North Carolina businessman who was set to begin a jury trial on Monday, April 21, 2014 on charges of felony embezzlement of State and County sales taxes was granted a last second reprise when the State elected to dismiss the felony charges in exchange for a misdemeanor plea.  The man agreed to repay the money and received a suspended sentence. He was represented by Douglas E. Kingsbery of Tharrington Smith, L.L.P.

No Criminal Charges for North Carolina Physician

A North Carolina physician facing an IRS audit which would reveal several years of substantially under-reported income and over-reported deductions was able to resolve the audit civilly without referral of the case to Criminal Investigations Special Agents.  The taxpayer, acting through his counsel, achieved the result by electing to voluntarily disclose the issues to the Revenue Agent and making arrangements to pay the past due tax liabilities. The taxpayer was represented by civil counsel working with Douglas E. Kingsbery of Tharrington Smith, L.L.P.

No Criminal Charges or FBAR Penalties for Failure to Disclose Foreign Accounts

A U.S. taxypayer who failed to disclose her foreign financial accounts to the IRS will not face criminal prosecution, and has avoided any FBAR penalties as well. The taxpayer’s counsel persuaded the IRS that the taxpayer’s failure to disclose the accounts and her failure to pay taxes on the income from the accounts were non-willful, and that the case should be resolved civilly.  No FBAR penalties were imposed. The taxpayer was represented by Douglas E. Kingsbery of Tharrington Smith, L.L.P. in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Criminal Probe of North Carolina Businessman Dropped

Special Agents from the Criminal Investigation Division of the IRS have notified a North Carolina businessman that they are closing their investigation without referring criminal charges.  The businessman had failed to timely file business and personal income tax returns for several years, and had failed to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in federal taxes. The taxpayer was represented during the criminal investigation by Douglas E. Kingsbery of Tharrington Smith, L.L.P. in Raleigh, North Carolina.

North Carolina Businesswoman Escapes Criminal Prosecution for Tax Evasion

The IRS announced today that it would not seek criminal charges against a North Carolina businesswoman who had successfully evaded income taxes on more than $100,000 she had skimmed from her business over the past two years.  Facing a routine audit of the business, the taxpayer and her attorney successfully pursued a strategy of voluntarily revealing the wrongdoing and negotiating a civil settlement. The taxpayer was represented by Douglas E. Kingsbery of Tharrington Smith, L.L.P.

No Criminal Charges Brought Against North Carolina Woman

Special Agents of the North Carolina Department of Revenue Criminal Investigation Division announced today that they were dropping their nearly 18 month old investigation of a North Carolina woman suspected of income tax evasion and filing false income tax returns. The taxpayer was represented by Douglas E. Kingsbery of Tharrington Smith, L.L.P.

IRS Drops Criminal Investigation of North Carolina Minister

The IRS announced today that it was dropping its nearly two year old investigation of a North Carolina minister who the IRS believed had engaged in several years of income tax evasion.  The minister successfully raised issues regarding the taxability of certain items as well as his lack of criminal intent. The taxpayer was represented by Douglas E. Kingsbery of Tharrington Smith, L.L.P.

Virginia Man Gets Probation in Long-Running Tax Evasion Scheme

A Virginia man was sentenced to probation earlier this month after admitting to having evaded more than $1 million in income taxes since 1994. The sentence was handed down by a Federal District Judge sitting in the Eastern District of Tennessee. The Judge stated that ordinarily, he would order a substantial prison sentence for this offense, but that in this case, he was persuaded that a probationary sentence was appropriate. The Defendant was represented by Douglas E. Kingsbery and Derick R. Vollrath of Tharrington Smith, L.L.P. in Raleigh, North Carolina.

No Criminal Charges for NC Taxpayer

After a nearly year long investigation, Special Agents of the N.C. Criminal Investigation Division announced last week that no criminal charges would be brought against a North Carolina taxpayer whom the Agents alleged had failed to remit nearly $100,000.00 in taxes over several years. The taxpayer was represented by Douglas E. Kingsbery and Derick R. Vollrath of Tharrington Smith, L.L.P. in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Criminal Investigation of North Carolina Taxpayer Dropped

Criminal Investigators from the North Carolina Department of Revenue informed a North Carolina taxpayer today that they have decided to drop their investigation against her. The investigation, which had lasted nearly two years, centered on alleged false personal and corporate tax returns and tax evasion in multiple states over multiple years. The taxpayer was represented by Douglas E. Kingsbery and Derick R. Vollrath of Tharrington Smith, L.L.P. in Raleigh, North Carolina.

No Criminal Charges Brought in $700,000.00 False Tax Returns Case

A North Carolina taxpayer who understated his tax liability by nearly $700,000.00 escaped criminal prosecution when his attorneys successfully negotiated a voluntary disclosure agreement with prosecutors. Under the agreement, no criminal charges will be brought against the taxpayer. The case is significant not only because of the tax dollars involved, but because North Carolina criminal investigators ordinarily do not recognize a voluntary disclosure in cases of suspected tax evasion and false tax returns. The taxpayer was represented by Douglas E. Kingsbery and Derick R. Vollrath of Tharrington Smith, L.L.P. in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Criminal Investigation of Tax Preparer Dropped

Seeking out and following sound legal advice as soon as she became aware that criminal investigators were examining her tax practice may have saved a North Carolina tax preparer from criminal prosecution. Investigators notified the preparer this week that after a nearly 10 month investigation, they had decided to drop the case without bringing criminal charges. The tax preparer was represented in the investigation by Douglas E. Kingsbery and Derick R. Vollrath of Tharrington Smith, L.L.P. in Raleigh, North Carolina.

North Carolina Dismisses Criminal Tax Charges Against Non-Filer

State prosecutors announced today that they were dismissing all charges against a North Carolina woman charged with failing to file and pay her North Carolina state income taxes between 2004 and 2009. The trial of the charges had been scheduled for today. The Defendant was represented by Douglas E. Kingsbery and Derick R. Vollrath of Tharrington Smith, L.L.P. in Raleigh, North Carolina.

IRS Drops Criminal Investigation of NC Business and Owners

Special Agents of the Internal Revenue Service’s Criminal Investigation Division confirmed today that they were dropping their investigation of a North Carolina business and its owners. The Agents were investigating allegations that the company had understated its tax liability for several years, and that the owners had improperly failed to report certain distributions on their personal income tax returns. The company was represented by Douglas E. Kingsbery and Melissa H. Hill of Tharrington Smith, L.L.P. in Raleigh, North Carolina.

North Carolina Business Man Acquitted of Tax Evasion

A North Carolina business man who had been charged with three counts of tax evasion (26 U.S.C. § 7201) and three counts of filing false tax returns (26 U.S.C. § 7206), was found not guilty on all counts today in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina. The case, which was tried over several weeks, involved allegations of fraudulent tax shelters and overseas bank accounts. The Defendant was represented at trial by Douglas E. Kingsbery of Tharrington Smith, L.L.P. in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Judge Orders Release of Man Jailed for Tax Evasion

A North Carolina Superior Court Judge today ordered the immediate release of a man jailed after being found guilty of multiple counts of tax evasion and filing false income tax returns. The Defendant had represented himself at trial, and upon being found guilty, had been sentenced to multiple consecutive terms of imprisonment. The Defendant’s family subsequently hired Douglas E. Kingsbery of Tharrington Smith, L.L.P. in Raleigh, North Carolina, who successfully obtained the Defendant’s post-conviction relief.

IRS Drops Investigation of North Carolina Businessman

After a lengthy investigation by Special Agents of the Criminal Investigation Division of the IRS, a North Carolina businessman was advised today that the IRS was dropping its investigation. The case involved allegations of willful failure to file income tax returns and to timely pay millions of dollars in federal income taxes. The businessman was represented by Douglas E. Kingsbery of Tharrington Smith, L.L.P. in Raleigh, North Carolina.

IRS Drops Investigation of North Carolina Businessman

Special Agents of the Criminal Investigation Division of the IRS advised a North Carolina businessman today that they were dropping their criminal investigation of tax returns filed on behalf of his business. At issue were hundreds of thousands of dollars of alleged improper expenses deductions. The businessman was represented by Douglas E. Kingsbery of Tharrington Smith, L.L.P. in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Department of Justice Kills IRS Criminal Prosecution

The U. S. Department of Justice announced today that it was killing the IRS’s recommended criminal prosecution of a North Carolina businessman. The investigation had centered on alleged abusive trusts which sheltered practically all of the man’s income for several years. The businessman was represented by Douglas E. Kingsbery of Tharrington Smith, L.L.P. in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Voluntary Disclosure Saves North Carolina Businessman

Special Agents of the North Carolina Criminal Investigation Division informed a North Carolina businessman today that they were dropping their investigation of allegations that he had failed to report substantial business income on his North Carolina tax returns. Agents cited the fact that the man’s attorney, Douglas E. Kingsbery of Tharrington Smith, L.L.P. in Raleigh, North Carolina, had previously arranged a voluntary disclosure of the suspected improprieties. The businessman was represented by Douglas E. Kingsbery of Tharrington Smith, L.L.P. in Raleigh, North Carolina.

North Carolina Jury Acquits Man of Tax Evasion and Filing False Returns

A North Carolina jury took less than three hours to acquit a local businessman of filing false income tax returns and failing to remit Sales and Use taxes to the State of North Carolina. The Defendant had previously rejected a plea bargain calling for him to serve two years active imprisonment. The Defendant was represented by Douglas E. Kingsbery of Tharrington Smith, L.L.P. in Raleigh, North Carolina.