Friday, January 27, 2012

Adviser Convicted of Using Fake Financial Instruments to Pay Taxes

A Massachusetts financial adviser who allegedly submitted more than $2.2 million in fake financial instruments called “bills of exchange” and checks drawn on a closed bank account to pay his tax bills is convicted by a jury in federal court on 17 counts of tax crimes and contempt.

The DOJ reported on their website January 25,2012 that a jury convicted Attleboro, Mass., licensed stockbroker, insurance agent and financial advisor Kevin P. Mahoney today on tax and contempt of court charges, the Justice Department and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced. Trial began on Jan. 23, 2012, before U.S. District Judge Joseph Tauro, sitting in Boston. Mahoney was charged with one count of corruptly endeavoring to obstruct the administration of the Internal Revenue laws, eight counts of contempt of court and eight counts of filing false tax returns. He was convicted of all counts.

The evidence at trial showed that Mahoney had failed to pay all of his taxes for the years 1996 through 2001, leading the IRS to assess Mahoney for taxes, interest and penalties for some of those years. Mahoney had attempted to pay these tax-related debts by submitting to the IRS more than $2.2 million in fake financial instruments called Bills of Exchange and checks drawn on a closed bank account.

In addition, after filing for bankruptcy, Mahoney caused a worthless promissory note made by another individual to be submitted to the IRS as purported payment for approximately $805,000 in taxes that Mahoney owed to the IRS.

Just when I thought that I had heard it all?

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