Category: Fraud

Fraud

A Cautionary Tale About Expert Testimony in Damages Calculations by Joel Glick, CPA/CFF, CFE, CGMA


Posted on September 19, 2023 by Joel Glick

A Pennsylvania judge recently vacated a plaintiff’s $25 million damages award based on the plaintiff’s expert failure to provide at trial “a sufficient factual basis” for the numbers he relied on for calculating lost profits. Although the judge in Paramount Financial: Civil Action Communications, et al. v. Broadridge investor: Communications Solutions agreed with the jury’s […]

IRS Cracks Down on Potentially Abusive Malta Pension Plans by Joseph Leocata, JD, CPA, MBA


Posted on August 30, 2023 by Joseph Leocata

The IRS’s Criminal Division ramped up its enforcement efforts relating to Maltese pension plans, which gained popularity after the signing of the U.S.-Malta Tax Treaty 2011 and the subsequent enactment of Malta’s Retirement Pension Act of 2011. In recent weeks, the department began issuing summons to U.S. taxpayers who participated in Maltese pension plans and […]

Tax Scams Surge this Summer by Brandon Bowers


Posted on August 16, 2023 by Brandon Bowers

Tax-related scams cast a dark cloud over this summer’s blue skies, putting taxpayers at increased risk of identity theft and fraud. To avoid falling victim to these scams, individuals should be alert to unsolicited telephone calls, emails and texts asking them to click links or share personal information, such as usernames and passwords, Social Security […]

3 Methods for Calculating Lost Profits by Scott Bouchner, CMA, CVA, CFE, CIRA


Posted on June 13, 2023 by Scott Bouchner

The $787.5 million settlement recently reached between Dominion Voting Systems and Fox News is historic for many reasons, including both parties’ ability to agree upon a payout amount just minutes before the trial was set to begin. In its initial suit, Dominion sought damages totaling $1.6 billion for Fox News’s false and defamatory statements that […]

Be Alert to the 12 Most Common Tax Scams by Adam Cohen, CPA


Posted on May 10, 2023 by Adam Cohen

Criminals are constantly developing new and more elaborate ways to deceive taxpayers into revealing their personal identities and financial interests and ultimately cheating the U.S. tax system. To help protect yourself from becoming a victim of these crimes, the IRS annually publishes a “Dirty Dozen” list of the most common scams for which you should […]

Trends in International Tax Reporting, Failure to File Penalties by Joel G. Young, JD, LLM


Posted on May 02, 2023 by Joel Young

U.S. tax law requires taxpayers to annually report many of their cross-border activities, including the existence of foreign bank accounts, interests in foreign companies and large gifts from foreign persons. While most of these reports are merely informational and have no bearing on taxpayers’ actual U.S. tax liabilities, failing to file the appropriate forms or […]

What Constitutes Best Evidence to Support Claims of Economic Damages? by Scott Bouchner, CMA, CVA, CFE, CIRA


Posted on September 07, 2022 by Scott Bouchner

In cases involving economic damages, attorneys have an obligation to prove lost profits with “reasonable certainty” based on the use of “best evidence.” Considering that the courts have not agreed on one universally accepted standard for defining “best evidence,” such decisions inevitably rely on the facts and circumstances of each individual case. As a result, […]

Do You Need a Construction Overrun Investigation? by Joel Glick, CPA/CFF, CFE, CGMA


Posted on August 17, 2022 by Joel Glick

While construction cranes continue to dot the skylines of cities across the world, the construction industry is facing a challenging time. Soaring demand for projects are being hampered by rising costs of construction materials, delivery delays due to supply chain disruptions and a shortage of skilled laborers. In this environment, real estate developers, building owners […]

Hidden Risks in Construction Contracts by Richard Pollack, CPA


Posted on July 26, 2022 by Richard Pollack

According to the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners’ (ACFE) Report to the Nations, occupational fraud continues to plague the construction sector, which reported the fourth highest median losses of $203,000 among a total of 22 industries. Topping the list of the industry’s most common fraudulent schemes was corruption followed by improper billing practices and duplicitous […]