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What are South Florida’s most depraved scams?

By Bruce L. Udolf, P.A. |

What is it about South Florida that makes the region such an effective hatchery for scams and schemes? “Is it the weather? Is it because it’s beautiful and the fraudsters want to live here?” asked Kelly Jackson, top agent in the Internal Revenue Service’s criminal investigative division in South Florida, in 2015. “Is it… Read More »

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Deputy Attorney General Sets the Stage for White Collar Crime Enforcement

By Bruce L. Udolf, P.A. |

On the last day of the American Bar Association’s National Institute on White Collar Crime, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein described some of the white collar crime priorities of the Department of Justice in the coming year. After highlighting recent prosecutions for Medicare and Medicaid fraud, military procurement fraud, and illegal offshore tax shelters,… Read More »

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US Supreme Court Puts the Brakes on IRS Obstruction Prosecutions

By Bruce L. Udolf, P.A. |

Paying a waiter or babysitter in cash could have constituted a felony tax obstruction offense under the government’s expansive interpretation of the obstruction statutes. The March 21 ruling by the US Supreme Court places a limit to that interpretation, requiring the government to provide fair warning on the felony line. In a 7-2 decision… Read More »

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FIFA Convictions A Shot Across Bow Of Sports Corruption

By Bruce L. Udolf, P.A. |

After U.S. prosecutors last month secured convictions of two former South American soccer officials in the first trial from the U.S. FIFA corruption probe, others in soccer and other international sports organizations should be wary of potential further U.S.-led probes into an industry rife with corruption allegations. Late last month, a federal jury in… Read More »

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National Health Care Fraud Takedown Results in Charges Against Over 412 Individuals Responsible for $1.3 Billion in Fraud Losses

By Bruce L. Udolf, P.A. |

July 13, 2017 Department of Justice Press Release: Largest Health Care Fraud Enforcement Action in Department of Justice History Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Tom Price, M.D., announced today the largest ever health care fraud enforcement action by the Medicare Fraud Strike Force, involving 412 charged… Read More »

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Miami gym owner arrested on charges of selling $10 million in steroids from China

By Bruce L. Udolf, P.A. |

Federal agents raided a popular Miami gym early Wednesday morning, leaving a U.S. Marshal-branded “no trespassing” sign on the door and arresting its co-owner on charges of heading a $10 million international steroid production and distribution ring. Early morning workout buffs at Iron Addicts Gym, on 31 NE 17th St., were herded against the… Read More »

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Hundreds of So. Floridians arrested in Nationwide Medicare Fraud Crackdown

By Bruce L. Udolf, P.A. |

More than 300 people were arrested in raids on Wednesday, June 21st. The sheer number of suspects arrested and charged with stealing from Medicare — just over 300 nationwide, including 100 in South Florida — was one for the record books.  But Wednesday’s massive take-down of doctors, nurses, pharmacy owners, clinic operators and patient… Read More »

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Panama Papers: Miami Beach fraudsters hid loot in offshore companies

By Bruce L. Udolf, P.A. |

Among the many questionable customers of Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca were a Miami Beach father and son convicted of a $49 million tax fraud in 2011.  Mauricio Cohen Assor, 82, and Leon Cohen-Levy, 51, hid a Miami Beach mansion, a Fisher Island condo, bank accounts, luxury cars and even a helicopter from the… Read More »

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Panama Papers: Secret offshores trace back to Brickell condo featured on ‘Miami Vice’

By Bruce L. Udolf, P.A. |

To set up secret offshore companies, members of Latin America’s elite turn to a condo at a Brickell high-rise once featured on Miami Vice. Olga Santini, the Miami representative for Panama-based law firm Mossack Fonseca, works out of a two-bedroom unit at the Palace, a waterfront tower on Brickell Avenue. Mossack Fonseca specializes in setting… Read More »

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Secret Shell Game: A global investigation of offshore companies

By Bruce L. Udolf, P.A. |

The Miami Herald spent months investigating how people accused of wrongdoing abroad used offshore shell companies to buy South Florida real estate.  “Secret Shell Game” was based on an analysis of 11.5 million secret files from inside Mossack Fonseca, a Panamanian law firm. For decades, the world’s wealthiest and most politically connected people have asked… Read More »

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