March 21, 2014 |
An Internal Revenue Service watchdog is warning taxpayers of a scam that so far has swindled 20,000 people out of a combined $1 million, officials said Thursday. The Treasury inspector general for Taxpayer Administration said sophisticated scammers are cold-calling people claiming to be from the IRS and are armed with enough information, such as the last four digits of a person's Social Security number, to convince victims to wire them money. "This is the largest scam of its kind that we have ever seen," said J. Russell George, the Treasury inspector general for Tax Administration. The scammers have targeted thousands of people in nearly every state, the agency said. Callers claim to be from the IRS and tell people they owe taxes that must be paid immediately using a pre-paid debit card or through a wire transfer.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 15, 2014 |
KING CITY, Calif. - Angel Pineda tucked his white cowboy hat under a folding chair in the packed church hall and listened. First came the civil rights presentation - on what to do if pulled over by police. " I want a lawyer ," American Civil Liberties Union staffer Daisy Vieyra, who had come from San Francisco, enunciated in English. "I want a lawyer," the crowd repeated. Then came the indignation, as local residents and advocates from outside this southern Salinas Valley agricultural community made it clear that tomorrow's King City will not be the same as yesterday's.
March 4, 2014 |
NEW YORK -- A Long Island man who admitted helping his father fake his own drowning was sentenced to a year in jail Tuesday, the latest twist in an unwieldy case that became a textbook example of how not to get away with it. Jonathan Roth, 23, apologized as he was sentenced Tuesday in Mineola, N.Y., 17 months after he reported his father, Raymond Roth, missing in the waves off a popular Long Island beach. "I realize what I did was wrong," said the younger Roth, who could have avoided jail time if he had complied with a deal his attorney struck with Nassau County prosecutors last year.
February 26, 2014 |
The long-awaited Republican tax reform plan was released today by House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-Mich). It's being hailed as a breakthrough in putting real reform on the table, but also being instantly eulogized as dead-on-arrival in a Congress that wants no part of any tax reform, now or ever. Still, it's instructive to examine the Camp plan for a primer on the latest mathematical trickery aimed at making something that...
February 12, 2014
Re "Like the DMV, but with more fees," Column, Feb. 7 The online DMV look-alike scam has other incarnations. As a reasonably intelligent retired professional, I recently attempted to file change-of-address information with the U.S. Postal Service. I came upon a very official-looking website. I filled in the requisite information, which included my credit card, being aware that the Postal Service requires a token $1 payment to confirm your identity. When I reviewed my credit card statement, I noticed a $39 charge.
January 17, 2014 |
In what they call an unprecedented case, authorities have accused six Fresno residents of abusing a squatters-rights law to steal no fewer than 23 properties across California. The homes range from shacks in rural hamlets and a house near the Twenty Mule Team Museum in Boron to a condo near the yacht slips in Marina del Rey. The defendants “lied to the courts” to stake claims to apparently abandoned homes in nine counties, California Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris said in a news release.