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Specializing in IRS and NYS Tax Representation. Workers Compensation Audits, Payroll, Sales and Income Tax representation for Businesses, Individuals, Restaurants and Construction Companies. Civil and Criminal Workers Comp Audit representation includes: NYSIF Examinations, Premium Disputes, Employee Misclassification, Underreporting, Unreported Income, and Failure to Keep Accurate Payroll Records.

Friday, June 22, 2018

Bank Vice President Pleads Guilty to Employment Tax Conspiracy - He should have hired SELIG & Associates




A former bank vice president pleaded guilty today to conspiring to defraud the United States, announced Acting Deputy Assistant Attorney General Stuart M. Goldberg of the Justice Department’s Tax Division and Acting U.S. Attorney Sandra J. Hairston for the Middle District of North Carolina.

According to documents filed with the court, Douglas Corriher, 68, was the Vice President at a South Carolina-based bank. From 2009 through 2010, Corriher extended several factoring loans, through nominee entities, to a bank customer who operated staffing companies in North Carolina. Through the use of nominees, he was able to circumvent federal regulations limiting the amount of money that can be loaned to a single entity. 

The staffing company promised its clients that it would pay the payroll taxes for thousands of low-wage temporary workers that it supplied to its clients. The company issued Forms W-2 and filed employment tax returns showing that the funds had been withheld from the wages of the workers. In fact, the payroll taxes were not paid over to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Corriher was aware that the company owed more than $1 million in payroll taxes. Notwithstanding this, Corriher continued to make advances on the loans knowing that the fund of unpaid payroll taxes would enable the staffing company to repay the loan and allow the bank to continue collecting high rates of interest on the loan advances along with lucrative fees. 

Corriher’s sentencing hearing is scheduled for Oct. 6 before U.S. District Judge N. Carlton Tilley. He faces a statutory maximum sentence of five years in prison, as well as a period of supervised release, restitution and monetary penalties.

Acting Deputy Assistant Attorney General Goldberg and Acting U.S. Attorney Hairston thanked special agents of IRS Criminal Investigation, FBI and Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Office of Inspector General, who conducted the investigation, and Assistant U.S. Attorney Frank Chut and Trial Attorneys Nathan Brooks and Jeffrey A. McLellan of the Tax Division, who are prosecuting this case.


Proven Results We solve tax problems quickly and quietly. Professional tax representation includes defense against tax crimes, tax evasion, failure to file a tax return and criminal non-filing, filing false tax returns, installment agreements, partial payment agreements, audits, sales tax controversies, wage garnishments, bank levies, seizure of property, innocent spouse relief, trust fund recovery penalty, payroll taxes, statute of limitations, offer in compromise ("OIC"), administrative appeals, collection due process hearings ("CDP") asset protection trusts, tax liability settlement trusts, and most other tax matters.

Successful Tax Advocates We keep our clients out of court and out of prisonWe practice before the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance (“NYS”) the Department of Justice Tax Division (“DOJ”) and the Defense Office of Hearings and Appeals (“DOHA”). 

Conveniently Located Our offices are conveniently located at 147 West 35th Street (near Penn Station) and same day and emergency appointments are available. 

Professional Service To schedule a legally privileged consultation with an experienced Federal Tax Practitioner and licensed Attorney call Selig & Associates directly (212) 974-3435.  

We Settle Insurance Claims for Top Dollar In addition to our tax practice we settle large residential and commercial property insurance claims, including business interruption, burglary, fire, windstorm and water damage. 

Guaranteed We return telephone calls and answer emails promptly and we provide our clients with regular updates and status reports. 



Thursday, June 21, 2018

ROTTEN TO THE CORE: IRS Special Agent Convicted of Filing False Tax Returns, Theft of Government Money & Obstruction of Justice


A [former] special agent for the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI) Division was convicted on June 15 after a jury in Sacramento, California found her guilty of filing false tax returns, obstruction of justice and stealing government money, announced Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Richard E. Zuckerman of the Justice Department’s Tax Division and Acting U.S. Attorney Alex G. Tse for the Northern District of California.
According to court documents and evidence introduced at trial, Alena Aleykina, who is also a Certified Public Accountant and holds a master’s degree in business administration, filed six false tax returns: three personal tax returns for years 2009, 2010, and 2011 and three in the names of trusts she created for years 2010 and 2011.  On her personal tax returns, Aleykina fraudulently claimed the head of household filing status, false dependents, and deductions for education expenses to which she was not entitled.  On her trust tax returns, she failed to report rent she received from the tenants of her rental property and falsely claimed to be paying wages to her mother and her sister to care for her son and for her father.
Additionally, Aleykina stole government funds and obstructed justice during the investigation.  She stole from the IRS’s Tuition Assistance Program by falsely claiming $4,000 in tuition reimbursement for classes that she did not take.  When criminal investigators approached Aleykina to retrieve her government laptop, Aleykina lied to the agents about the location of the laptop and began deleting files from the computer after the agents left.  The total loss to the government from Aleykina’s conduct is more than $60,000.
Sentencing has been scheduled for Sept. 25 before Judge John A. Mendez.  Aleykina faces a maximum statutory penalty of three years in prison for each false tax return count, 10 years in prison for theft of government funds, and 20 years in prison for obstruction of justice as well as a period of supervised release, restitution and monetary penalties. 
Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Zuckerman and Acting U.S. Attorney Tse thanked special agents of the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration and IRS-CI, who conducted the investigation, and Assistant U.S. Attorney William Frentzen and Tax Division Trial Attorneys Arthur Ewenczyk and Charles O’Reilly, who are prosecuting the case.





Proven Results We solve tax problems quickly and quietly. Professional tax representation includes defense against tax crimes, tax evasion, failure to file a tax return and criminal non-filing, filing false tax returns, installment agreements, partial payment agreements, audits, sales tax controversies, wage garnishments, bank levies, seizure of property, innocent spouse relief, trust fund recovery penalty, payroll taxes, statute of limitations, offer in compromise ("OIC"), administrative appeals, collection due process hearings ("CDP") asset protection trusts, tax liability settlement trusts, and most other tax matters.

Successful Tax Advocates We keep our clients out of court and out of prisonWe practice before the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance (“NYS”) the Department of Justice Tax Division (“DOJ”) and the Defense Office of Hearings and Appeals (“DOHA”). 

Conveniently Located Our offices are conveniently located at 147 West 35th Street (near Penn Station) and same day and emergency appointments are available. 

Professional Service To schedule a legally privileged consultation with an experienced Federal Tax Practitioner and licensed Attorney call Selig & Associates directly (212) 974-3435.  

We Settle Insurance Claims for Top Dollar In addition to our tax practice we settle large residential and commercial property insurance claims, including business interruption, burglary, fire, windstorm and water damage. 

Guaranteed We return telephone calls and answer emails promptly and we provide our clients with regular updates and status reports. 



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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

WELL DONE!!! MEDICAL MALPRACTICE DEFENSE VERDICT IN A CASE OF HALDOL ADMINISTRATION





MEDICAL MALPRACTICE DEFENSE VERDICT IN A CASE OF HALDOL ADMINISTRATION

This is a case of a 97 year old female with a host of co-morbidities and multiple hospitalizations.  Of her myriad illnesses, the patient had Parkinson’s disease and a history of strokes.  In question was the psychotropic drug Haldol, a medication which was given to the patient for agitation while she was in the hospital.  In the plaintiff’s counsel’s opening statement he told the jury that they would hear the words “Haldol” and “contraindicated in Parkinson’s” again and again, alleging that the side effect of dysphasia ultimately led to aspiration pneumonia and death.

Under examination by the defense attorney, our defendant doctor, testified with strength and conviction that he was aware of the contraindication of Haldol, however, after carefully weighing the risks and benefits of other medications available, he determined that a single dose of Haldol was the safest way to proceed with his elderly and agitated patient. In support of his defense, the physician testified that Haldol had been administered twice to the patient in her prior hospitalization of one month ago, without any adverse reaction.
In conclusion, a convincing case was made that the cause of the patient’s neurological deterioration was the result of the intracranial bleed and not because of the administration of Haldol.  A defense verdict was returned by the jury.


Proven Results We solve tax problems quickly and quietly. Professional tax representation includes defense against tax crimes, tax evasion, failure to file a tax return and criminal non-filing, filing false tax returns, installment agreements, partial payment agreements, audits, sales tax controversies, wage garnishments, bank levies, seizure of property, innocent spouse relief, trust fund recovery penalty, payroll taxes, statute of limitations, offer in compromise ("OIC"), administrative appeals, collection due process hearings ("CDP") asset protection trusts, tax liability settlement trusts, and most other tax matters.

Successful Tax Advocates We keep our clients out of court and out of prisonWe practice before the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance (“NYS”) the Department of Justice Tax Division (“DOJ”) and the Defense Office of Hearings and Appeals (“DOHA”). 

Conveniently Located Our offices are conveniently located at 147 West 35th Street (near Penn Station) and same day and emergency appointments are available. 

Professional Service To schedule a legally privileged consultation with an experienced Federal Tax Practitioner and licensed Attorney call Selig & Associates directly (212) 974-3435.  

We Settle Insurance Claims for Top Dollar In addition to our tax practice we settle large residential and commercial property insurance claims, including business interruption, burglary, fire, windstorm and water damage. 

Guaranteed We return telephone calls and answer emails promptly and we provide our clients with regular updates and status reports. 



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Thursday, June 7, 2018

Mental Health Provider Indicted On Health Care Fraud & Tax Evasion Charges


A federal grand jury sitting in Greensboro, North Carolina returned an indictment, which was unsealed today, charging the operators of a mental health provider with multiple crimes related to the submission of false claims to Medicaid and tax evasion, announced Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Richard E. Zuckerman and U.S. Attorney Matthew G.T. Martin for the Middle District of North Carolina.
Catinia Farrington and Haydn Thomas, both formerly of Durham, North Carolina, are charged with conspiracy to commit health care fraud, health care fraud, aggravated identity theft, and tax evasion. Thomas is also charged with one count of money laundering. Catinia Farrington and Haydn Thomas should hire Selig & Associates.


According to the indictment, Farrington owned Durham County Mental Health and Behavioral Health Services LLC (“DCMBHS”) in Durham, North Carolina.  From 2011 through 2015, Farrington, along with Thomas, allegedly submitted thousands of false claims to Medicaid that resulted in Medicaid paying over $4 million to DCMBHS.  During the relevant period, Thomas worked as an office manager for an oral surgeon. Thomas and Farrington allegedly obtained the Medicaid numbers of dental patients and then submitted false claims to Medicaid for mental health services that were not performed without the permission of the patients. 
The indictment further alleges that Farrington and Thomas diverted millions of dollars from DCMBHS for their own personal use and evaded income taxes by, among other things, transferring money to various business bank accounts and paying personal expenses from the business bank accounts.
If convicted, Farrington and Thomas face a statutory maximum of 10 years in prison for each count of health care fraud, 10 years in prison for conspiracy to commit health care fraud, two years in prison for each count of aggravated identity theft, and five years in prison for each count of tax evasion. Farrington and Thomas also face a period of supervised release, restitution, and monetary penalties. An indictment is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Zuckerman and United States Attorney Martin commended special agents of the Internal Revenue Service, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service, Office of Inspector General, and the Medicaid Investigations Division of the North Carolina Attorney General’s Office (MID), who conducted the investigation, and Assistant United States Attorney Robert Hamilton, Trial Attorney Mara Strier of the Tax Division, and Special United States Attorney Michael Heavner MID, who are prosecuting the case.

Dr. Pepper Executive Sentenced to Prison for Fraud, Tax Evasion
A national sales executive for Dr. Pepper/Seven Up, Inc., a subsidiary of Dr. Pepper Snapple Group (Dr. Pepper), was sentenced Friday June 1, 2018 to 33 months in federal prison for submitting more than $1.7 million dollars worth of fraudulent invoices to Dr. Pepper through a promotions and marketing company he formed in his wife’s name.
In February, Michael Lynch, 53, of Newport, R.I., admitted to the Court that in April 2003, he incorporated Seacoast Unlimited Marketing and Promotions, LLC (Seacoast) in his wife’s name, and through Seacoast, from January 2007 until November 29, 2017, submitted to Dr. Pepper more than 200 fraudulent invoices totaling $1,716,949 for services such as promotional signs and banners, delivery of sample products to retail stores and the offering of discount prices to retail stores. None of the services billed to and paid for by Dr. Pepper were provided.
Additionally, Lynch admitted that he failed to declare any of the income he derived through Seacoast on the joint federal tax filings he filed with his wife. The tax loss applicable to the defendant’s conduct totals $386,320.
Lynch pleaded guilty on February 27, 2018, to wire fraud and filing a false tax return. Michael Lynch should have hired Selig & Associates. 
At sentencing, U.S. District Court Chief Judge William E. Smith also ordered Lynch to serve 2 years supervised release upon completion of his term of incarceration, to pay full restitution to Dr. Pepper, and to pay taxes owed to the Internal Revenue Service.
The U.S. Sentencing Guidelines range of imprisonment in this matter is 33 – 41 months. The government recommended the court impose a sentence of 33 months incarceration. Lynch’s sentence is announced by United States Attorney Stephen G. Dambruch, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Boston Division Harold H. Shaw, and Special Agent in Charge of Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation Kristina O'Connell.
New York Resident Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy to Defraud the United States
A Brooklyn, New York, resident pleaded guilty today (May 4, 2018) to conspiracy to defraud the government and theft of public funds, announced Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Richard E. Zuckerman of the Justice Department’s Tax Division. 
According to court documents, Akim Martin, also known as Akim Davis, 41, conspired with others to file fraudulent tax returns for companies and individual taxpayers.  As part of the scheme, from March 2009 through March 2013, Martin and his coconspirators filed false tax returns in the names of businesses they purportedly owned and operated, claiming phony deductions for wages paid to employees that did not exist.  Martin and his conspirators, in turn, then filed fraudulent tax returns in the names of the employees claiming bogus tax refunds.
Martin and his conspirators obtained the personal identifying information (PII) to use on the employees’ false tax returns by stealing it and by recruiting individuals to provide their information in exchange for a cut of the proceeds.  Martin cashed and deposited fraudulently obtained refund checks into bank accounts that he controlled and spent the money on his personal expenses.  Martin’s conduct resulted in a loss exceeding $550,000. 
He should have hired Selig & Associates
Sentencing is scheduled for August 24, 2018, before U.S. District Court Judge Carol Bagley Amon.  Martin faces a statutory maximum sentence of 15 years in prison.  He also faces a period of supervised release, restitution and monetary penalties. 
Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Zuckerman thanked special agents of IRS Criminal Investigation, who conducted the investigation, and Tax Division Trial Attorneys Jason M. Scheff and Ann M. Cherry, who are prosecuting these cases. 


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Monday, June 4, 2018

Filing False Tax Returns - Brooklynite should have hired SELIG & Associates



New York Resident Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy to Defraud the United States
A Brooklyn, New York, resident pleaded guilty today to conspiracy to defraud the government and theft of public funds, announced Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Richard E. Zuckerman of the Justice Department’s Tax Division. 
According to court documents, Akim Martin, also known as Akim Davis, 41, conspired with others to file fraudulent tax returns for companies and individual taxpayers.  As part of the scheme, from March 2009 through March 2013, Martin and his coconspirators filed false tax returns in the names of businesses they purportedly owned and operated, claiming phony deductions for wages paid to employees that did not exist.  Martin and his conspirators, in turn, then filed fraudulent tax returns in the names of the employees claiming bogus tax refunds.
Martin and his conspirators obtained the personal identifying information (PII) to use on the employees’ false tax returns by stealing it and by recruiting individuals to provide their information in exchange for a cut of the proceeds.  Martin cashed and deposited fraudulently obtained refund checks into bank accounts that he controlled and spent the money on his personal expenses.  Martin’s conduct resulted in a loss exceeding $550,000. 
Sentencing is scheduled for August 24, 2018, before U.S. District Court Judge Carol Bagley Amon.  Martin faces a statutory maximum sentence of 15 years in prison.  He also faces a period of supervised release, restitution and monetary penalties. 
Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Zuckerman thanked special agents of IRS Criminal Investigation, who conducted the investigation, and Tax Division Trial Attorneys Jason M. Scheff and Ann M. Cherry, who are prosecuting these cases. 


Professional To schedule a legally privileged consultation with a Federal Tax Practitioner and licensed Attorney call Selig & Associates directly (212) 974-3435.  

Proven Results We practice before the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance (“NYS”) the Department of Justice Tax Division (“DOJ”) and the Defense Office of Hearings and Appeals (“DOHA”).

Conveniently Located Our offices are conveniently located at 147 West 35th Street (near Penn Station) and same day and emergency appointments are available. 

Successful Tax Advocates We solve tax problems including tax crimes, tax evasion, failure to file a tax return and criminal non-filing, filing false tax returns, installment agreements, partial payment agreements, audits, sales tax controversies, wage garnishments, bank levies, seizure of property, innocent spouse relief, trust fund recovery penalty, payroll taxes, statute of limitations, offer in compromise ("OIC"), administrative appeals, collection due process hearings ("CDP") asset protection trusts, tax liability settlement trusts, and most other tax matters. 

Effective Insurance Advocates We settle residential and commercial property insurance claims, including business interruption, burglary, fire, windstorm and water damage. 

Guaranteed Service We return telephone calls and answer emails promptly and we provide our clients with regular updates and status reports. 


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