A top Swiss banker accused of running a massive tax evasion scheme that helped superwealthy clients evade billions in taxes was acquitted in federal court in Fort Lauderdale on Tuesday. He faced up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Prosecutors failed to prove that Swiss citizen Raoul Wei ... More >>
Bitcoin has become hugely popular because its potential as a new type of currency that operates outside of any government control. Because it can be bought, sold, and traded anonymously online, outside of banking institutions, proponents say it can help make commerce fast and easy and empower people ... More >>
The Florida Lottery has been very, very good to about 200 people. Suspiciously good. Those 200 have "won" more than 30 times each, according to a Palm Beach Post investigation that rolled out this week. But reporters found that the most winningest gamblers were often store clerks.
Retired Miami Dolphins star Ricky Williams is alleging in court that his former financial adviser ripped him off to the tune of $6 million. According to a lawsuit filed in Houston, Williams trusted Fort Lauderdale-based Peggy Fulford with almost all of the money he made since 2007 -- more than $11 ... More >>
Misrepresenting your tax exempt status when dealing with the public and public officials? Not cool. Having the IRS make whole your puffery after the fact? Priceless. Just ask the folks at the Living Arts Foundation -- the Florida non-profit that is sponsoring the Benzaiten Center for the Arts, a $1. ... More >>
Remember that bill that was recently passed that outlawed Internet cafes? Well, apparently, one cafe owner is suing the state because, as he puts it, the bill basically makes smartphones, computers, and pretty much the entire internet illegal in Florida. Consuelo Zapata, owner of Incredible Investm ... More >>
Hey, Marco. We gotta talk. We know, you're busy listening to Coldplay or some other suburban gringo music that you profess to love. But this is serious. You've been making a lot of noise lately -- on gun control, on immigration, on the IRS -- and it's making our heads hurt. We'd just like you to s ... More >>
Florida may be one of the most generous states when it comes to giving, but the Sunshine State also happens to have the worst charities in the nation. According to a yearlong investigation by the Tampa Bay Times and the Center for Investigative Reporting, Florida has 11 of the 50 worst charities i ... More >>
In case you missed it, Tea Partiers around the country are mad at the IRS. Long story short: the IRS isn't supposed to let any old group be exempt from paying taxes. Agency rules dictate that it is only supposed to grant 501 (c)(4) status to "social welfare" groups -- ones that don't make politics ... More >>
Two South Florida identity thieves the feds have been trying to nab were caught after one of them couldn't resist Instagraming a picture of his food at Morton's the Steakhouse in Fort Lauderdale. Nathaniel Troy Maye, 44, who claims to have stolen 700,000 identities, and his lady friend, Tiwanna Ten ... More >>
Marco Rubio and the GOPers have their new Obama outrage to dryhump with this IRS fiasco where they targeted conservative groups during the 2012 election. And so Rubes is asking -- nay, DAMANDING -- that the IRS Commissioner resign his IRS Commissiony job effective immediately because... outrage! A ... More >>
Gov. Rick Scott officially made internet cafés go kaput Wednesday afternoon, when he signed legislation that bans up to 1,000 internet gaming storefronts across the state. See also: -Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll Has Resigned The new law is in large part thanks to Allied Veterans, an intern ... More >>
Much to the harrumph of Florida senior citizens everywhere, it looks like internet cafés are closer to being no mas in the Sunshine State. On Tuesday afternoon, a Florida Senate panel voted unanimously to shutter internet cafés and senior arcades.
One of the more made-for-TV courtroom dramas to roll out of Broward recently involves Rose Marks. The matriarch of a Fort Lauderdale family of fortunetellers, Marks schemed $25 million from a best-selling romance novelist and other victims, or so say federal prosecutors. The psychic herself has be ... More >>
Last week's chaotic, tragicomic public debate at the Ross Jewish Community Center in West Boynton Beach -- "Should Jews Vote for Obama or Romney?" -- featured two distinct styles of advocacy for Jewish support of the GOP. One comes from delusional innocence, the other from calculated malevolence. T ... More >>
From the uncharted universe next door that is government on the Seminole reservation, comes a likely first for Native Americans: a former tribal leader is going to prison on tax evasion charges.David Cypress, a member of the Seminole tribal council until 2010, was convicted of filing a false tax ret ... More >>
Disgraced South Florida baseball player Jose Canseco is in debt -- $1.69 million in debt, to be exact, most of it in taxes. But don't worry -- it's not the former MLB all-star's fault."The issue is very simple: If you've got friends and family, the more money you make the more you spend on them. So ... More >>
A group says they filed a complaint with the Internal Revenue Service yesterday over the recent actions of Terry Jones' Dove World Outreach Center, which hung an effigy of Obama outside of its church earlier this month. The D.C.-based group, Americans United for Separation of Church and State, says ... More >>
Welcome to Tax Day, the last possible moment to delay paying financial obligations to the IRS. Needless to say for most of us, after-work activities will not involve shopping or splurging on a tasting menu. I'm really cranky about it this morning.If you too owe Uncle Sam more than a paycheck, we're ... More >>
A warehouse in Pompano Beach is full of fancy stuff seized by the government: watches, wines, iPods, and diamond bracelets taken from criminals of every sort by U.S. Customs & Border Protection, Immigration & Customs Enforcement, the IRS, and the Secret Service. And starting Friday, they wan ... More >>
We've only got about a month left before 2011 federal income taxes are due (April 17, everybody), and, even if you didn't make enough money to require filing a return, the IRS says you might want to.Many people who don't have to file returns still have federal income taxes out of their paychec ... More >>
Alex Johnson -- a main character in this week's cover story about the conviction of Buju Banton -- on Monday further delayed his bankruptcy hearing. On the surface, there's nothing extraordinary about that; many Americans have turned to bankruptcy proceedings, which can stretch months if not year ... More >>
ambienceofmedia.comGet this: The government creates a secret bank account for every person issued a birth certificate in the United States -- and has been doing so since the enactment of the 1936 Social Security Act -- that holds $630,000. Through a series of IRS filings, people can become entitl ... More >>
Grab a bite before Uncle Sam bites you!The IRS was nice enough to give us a whopping two-day extention on filing our taxes. That's all well and good, but you still might come out feeling a little poorer if you have to write a check to Uncle Sam today. Fret not, because there are a lot of ... More >>
BurgerFiLike many Americans, you're probably waiting until the very last minute, April 18th, to file your taxes (yes, the IRS gave us a whopping three day extension this year). After learning how much of your hard earned cash you don't get to keep, you just might need a little somethi ... More >>
Miche RattoHere in Florida we're really good at a lot of things. Topping the list we have: growing indoor marijuana, staging car accidents, and throwing children in jail. And boy are we good at all of those things.To learn more about the awesome state you live in click the image.
Florida is number one again. The state that holds the championship belt in oxycodone consumption now leads the U.S. in fraudulent tax returns filed from prison. Perhaps our prisoners are trying to emulate the leadership traits of Captain Medicaid Fraud, aka Gov. Rick Scott. Florida inmates filed ... More >>
flickr.comHow low can you go? Apparently six feet under wasn't low enough for the Fort Lauderdale man sentenced to nine years in federal prison last Friday for stealing identification from mourners attending funerals as part of an ID theft ring. But Diaz's funeral fraud ring isn't the only s ... More >>
Sources have been telling me for the past 18 months that the IRS is going to be the agency that brings down lobbyist Russ Klenet, husband of Broward County Commissioner Stacy Ritter. KlenetYesterday we got the first official whiff of it when eye doctor and felonious ... More >>
We must be in the wrong business. Looks like the big money is in knickknacks, trinkets, and doodads. According to court documents in a federal criminal case, Kristin Haynes, creator of the Dreamsicles line of collectible ceramic figurines (like the one pictured here) raked in nearly $3 mil ... More >>
FlickrAllen West addresses tea partiers at their July 2009 rally.Ha ha, just kidding about the tea party protest. Not likely these folks turn on one of their own "patriots," even if the recent revelations suggest that West has done exactly what he and his tea party allies have pilloried the gover ... More >>
The black Mercedes that smashed through the front door of Windsor Diamonds in Fort Lauderdale this afternoon did not have a political motive. I say this because after yesterday's kamikaze attack on the IRS building in Texas, we're all a bit jumpy about people driving things into buildings where they ... More >>
Photo courtesy Broward Sheriff's OfficeChristiano GloriaChristiano Leonardo Gloria, 29, has been arrested for allegedly playing a role in what state investigators say was a 5-year scheme to defraud the IRS and launder the money. The check-cashing store operator faces 110 charges.It's a perplexing ... More >>
courtesy GlobeTelA couple of years ago, we ran a feature story about GlobeTel, a company that was supposedly going to deploy blimp-like satellites across the country and beam down internet signals. There were a few problems with the scheme: building hi-tech airships seemed a job more suited for b ... More >>
Flickr: twicepixMore details are emerging about the agreement between the U.S. Justice Department and UBS, the Swiss bank accused of helping wealthy Americans evade taxes -- a case that's been bandied about in South Florida's U.S. District Court and which has attracted the two nation's top diplom ... More >>
Prosecutors say Helio was two-stepping with money laundering.Race car driver Helio Castroneves goes on trial today in South Florida in a case filed by prosecutors who apparently don't know that juries are incapable of convicting a celebrity. The IRS claims Castroneves conspired to commit tax fraud a ... More >>
Falcor may soon be the last line of defense in the War Against TerrorGlobeTel is a Pembroke Pines company that first appeared on the local radar a few years ago, when it was promising to fill South Florida airspace with sci-fi machines called "stratellites" -- a clunky combination of a light airship ... More >>
Prosecutors: Swiss Banker Tried to Screw IRS. Us: Is That Wrong?Federal prosecutors in Fort Lauderdale have charged a Swiss banker with helping 20,000 Americans hide assets from the IRS. A judge signed an order yesterday declaring that former UBS AG executive Raoul Weil is a fugitive from justice. N ... More >>
The American Association of White Americans is using the election of the first black president to tell the country a few things about its American organization of Americans. In America. In two open letters addressed to the "Internal Revenue Service and U.S. Senate Wash, DC," the Lantana-based a ... More >>
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