Wednesday, December 30, 2009

DOJ Tax Alumni on Wikipedia

Today, I had too much time on my hands and did the following search on Wikipedia:  "tax division" justice

The results related to DOJ Tax Alumni that I recognized or could discern easily from the search are

Allegra, Fran
Anderson, Stephen Hale
Archer, Glenn,_Jr.
Arum, Bob
Dinan, Dan
Dyk, Timothy B.
Garbis, Marvin
Griffin, Brian
Gruender, Raymond
Gustafson, David
Hall, Cynthia Holcomb
Hochman, Nathan
Jackson, Robert
Jolly, Grady
Oberdorfer, Lou
Pajak, John
Penn, John
Powell, Carleton
Raum, Arnold
Rosenstein, Rod
Smith, Ed
Swift, Steve
Whalen, Larry
Will, Hubert
Wilson, Steve
Wolfe, Norman

An Excel spreadsheet with this information may be viewed or downloaded here.

I will be glad to update these postings for additional alumni on Wikipedia.  Sorry, I do not plan to provide links to all web references to alumni.  Just Wikipedia.  (Blog Masters' judgment call.)

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Politics as Usual - Stalled Nominations, Including Nominee Smith for AAG Tax.

Main Justice has an article on Leahy's criticism of Republicans for stalling nominations. See here.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Robert E. Cahill, Sr. Death

The Baltimore Sun reports today on the death of Robert E. Cahill, Sr., who worked in the Tax Division as Senior Trial Attorney fromf 1959 to 1961. The obituary is here.

Monday, December 7, 2009

DOJ Honors Tax Division Attorneys

Karen Kelly and Steven D. Grimberg of the Tax Division have been honored at the Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys Director’s Awards Ceremony. (See the article in Main Justice.) Their citations are:

Karen E. Kelly (Tax Division) for her extraordinary dedication and skill in investigating and prosecuting the largest personal income tax evasion case brought in the United States. In United States v. Anderson, Walter Anderson masterminded an elaborate scheme involving several foreign corporations to conceal approximately $450 million in earnings from business ventures and to evade payment of more than $200 million in federal income taxes and District of Columbia use taxes. Anderson pleaded guilty to two counts of federal tax evasion and one count of defrauding the District of Columbia and was sentenced to nine years of imprisonment and ordered to pay restitution. Because of Ms. Kelly’s and AUSA Susan Menzer’s exemplary work and unshakeable determination in this difficult and complex case, justice triumphed and a strong message was sent that federal prosecutors will work tirelessly to unravel even the most complicated tax evasion schemes.

Aleyda Borges-Tognozzi, Juliet Falcon, Wilfredo Fernandez, and Alison W. Lehr (Southern District of Florida); Steven D. Grimberg (Tax Division); and Isabel C. Fleitas-Gruba, Joseph Lozowicki, Alfonso J. Herrera, William Rondon, and Donnell Young (Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation Division) for the investigation, prosecution, and conviction of the owner and principals of a check cashing store that laundered more than $132 million and put an end to one of the most prolific money laundering operations in South Florida’s history. From August 2005 to January 2008, law enforcement agents unraveled a scheme where Florida construction companies and subcontractors cashed checks in anonymity, in exchange for a commission based on the face value of the check. The defendants, the owners and principals of La Bamba Check Cashing, recruited customers, mostly local construction companies and subcontractors, who avoided paying Social Security and other taxes by cashing checks at La Bamba through shell companies that the defendants owned or controlled. On behalf of their customers, the defendants filed false Currency Transaction Reports and for this service, La Bamba, its owner, and others earned millions of dollars in fees. The three and a half month trial resulted in convictions the corporate defendant, La Bamba and its owner who was sentenced to 18 years in prison. Forfeiture proceeding resulted in an $11 million settlement.

Bruce Johnson Named as Chair of Utah Tax Commission

See this link.

Attorney Positions at DOJ Tax

DOJ Tax has announced the following available positions:

Civil Tax Attorneys

Criminal Tax Attorneys

Both announcements state cutoff dates in early January.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

DOJ Tax Holiday Party 12/18/09

I attach a notice / invitation here. The key information is:

When? Friday, December 18, 2009 from 3:30-6:00 P.M.

Where? Great Hall, Robert F. Kennedy Main Justice Building.
Note: The Attorney General’s Entrance at 10th and Constitution will be open for non-DOJ guests from 3:15 and 4:15 P.M.

RSVP? Guests ($25)
Call Tax Division Office of Training

Make checks out to “Tax Division Fund” and send to:
Department of Justice, Tax Division
Office of Training - JCB 6205
555 4th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001
Department of Justice, Tax Division
Kari Larson - RFK 4612
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20001

Join the fun at the Tax Division’s 2009 Holiday Party!