August 8, 1997 |
The retired theater manager - an elfin, white-haired man who has celebrated 73 birthdays and has assets exceeding $900,000 - uttered his soliloquy at center stage yesterday, but not at a venue of his choice. Alexis "Lex" Carlin's audience was a federal judge, who was about to place Carlin on two years probation, with a $10,000 fine, for admitted tax fraud. His crime: avoiding income taxes for years on "ice," a euphemism that show-business folks use to refer to kickbacks, in his case, from area ticket brokers who paid for choice seats for desirable shows.
April 7, 2000 |
Federal authorities yesterday announced criminal charges against 15 reputed area tax cheats who allegedly failed to report a total of $6 million in income, dodging payment of $1.5 million in taxes. The announcement was U.S. Attorney Michael R. Stiles' way of reminding everyone that this year's tax filing deadline is April 17, just 10 days away. The biggest case money-wise involved real estate developers John A. "Jack" Gambone, 62, of Malvern, Chester County, and his brother Anthony, 67, of Norristown, Montgomery County, owners of the Gambone Organization.
October 25, 1990 |
A partner in a Center City accounting firm was convicted yesterday of helping former city Democratic Party Treasurer James Gillin and his brother, Robert, evade federal income taxes, in part by bribing a corrupt Internal Revenue Service agent. The U.S. District Court jury convicted the accountant, Stephen A. Cohen, 53, a partner in the firm of Morris J. Cohen and Co., of conspiracy to impede the collection of taxes and aiding in the preparation of false tax returns. The Gillin brothers were granted immunity from prosecution in exchange for their testimony against Cohen, whose firm has more than 300 clients and has done work for the city Parking Authority, the Democratic City Committee and former Mayor William J. Green.
April 14, 1993 |
Palimony lawyer Marvin Mitchelson was sentenced Monday to 2 1/2 years in jail for tax fraud and ordered by a federal judge in Los Angeles to pay more than $2 mil in back taxes plus interest. Mitchelson, 64, broke down before the judge, who called the attorney a man who had "literally ruined himself. " Said the tearful, stooped Mitchelson: "This is the second-saddest day of my life. My mother's death was the first. " He was accused of hiding income between 1983 and 1986 in order to feed his high lifestyle - a Hollywood mansion with expensive furnishings, jewelry and a stable of cars that included two Rolls-Royces.
November 14, 2000 |
Defense attorneys closed their case after presenting testimony from only one witness yesterday in the tax-fraud trial of the owners of a Montgomery County construction and development firm. Lawyers representing Anthony and John Gambone Sr., co-owners of Gambone Bros. Organization Inc., concluded their case after the testimony of an accountant and former Internal Revenue Service agent who examined the corporate taxes of the company and the personal returns of the two Gambone brothers.
January 20, 2013
A Philadelphia police officer and his brother have been charged in a tax-fraud conspiracy, U.S. Attorney Zane David Memeger said Friday. Jose Tirado, 38, assigned to the 25th District, was arrested Friday morning. From 2008 to 2010, Tirado prepared and filed nearly $508,000 in false claims for tax refunds, prosecutors said. Tirado faces a maximum 80 years in prison, more than $400,000 in restitution, and a maximum $3.75 million fine. His brother Victor Tirado, 36, faces a maximum 25 years in prison, a fine of up to $1,000, and more than $400,000 in restitution.
July 28, 2012
Eight people from Pennsylvania and New Jersey were indicted this week on charges of taking part in a tax-fraud conspiracy aiming to steal more than $3 million, federal authorities announced Friday. The indictment identified Michael Akers, 57, of Philadelphia and Cherry Hill, as the ringleader. Others charged were Raymond Holmes, 56, of Philadelphia; Wendell Cisco, 38, of York, Pa., and Suwanee, Ga.; William Fisher, 55, of Philadelphia; Lynell Matthews, 23, and Latoya Matthews, 27, both of Whitesboro, N.J.; Maria Latorre, 28, of York; and Jalon Hopewell, 27, of Philadelphia.
July 27, 2012
Federal prosecutors in Philadelphia charged the owner of a bankrupt chain of shoe stores in Pennsylvania and New Jersey with tax fraud. Uri Jacobson, 41, of Philadelphia, allegedly paid employees of Bare Feet Shoes under the table between 2003 and 2009, causing a federal tax loss of $596,628, and underreported his own income for several years, according to the indictment. Certain Bare Feet Shoes entities filed for bankruptcy protection in December. Sales at the stores included in the bankruptcy fell to $5.9 million in 11 months of 2011 from $7.6 million in 2010, according to a court documents.
February 17, 2016
Criminals plan for tax season, just as their victims do. Gregory Floyd is assistant special agent in charge of the IRS Criminal Investigations Division office in Philadelphia, which does the nitty-gritty work of investigating tax-related crimes. "Tax fraud due to identity theft is one of our biggest concerns," Floyd said. IRS Criminal Investigations also has worked with other federal agencies on cases such as the indictment of Chaka "Chip" Fattah Jr. and the upcoming trial of Nova Bank executive Barry Bekkedam.