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From Al Capone to Barry Bonds, the IRS has played a critical role initiating investigations that ultimately led to criminal prosecution.

On Behalf of | Sep 14, 2013 | Audits, IRS, Tax Crimes |

Despite accusations that the notorious Capone was guilty of directing or committing many crimes through his organized syndication,  tax evasion was ultimately the offense the federal government pursued which resulted in Capone’s sentence to federal prison in 1932.  Flash forward 80 years and we see a conviction against Barry Bonds for obstruction of justice, which originally began as an IRS investigation into a company that distributed steroids and other performance enhancing drugs to determine whether the distributor laundered the proceeds gained by selling those drugs.  On September 14, 2013, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit affirmed Bonds’ conviction for obstruction of justice under the omnibus clause of 18 USC, Section 1503, the interpretations of which will apply to tax obstructions under 26 USC Section 7212(a).  Click here for United States v. Bonds, 2013 U.S. App. LEXIS 19007 (9th Cir. 2013) http://cdn.ca9.uscourts.gov/datastore/opinions/2013/09/13/11-10669.pdf.


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